Celtic captain Scott Brown feels that the recent Scottish Premier League move to increase the number of substitutes per game to five can only benefit the club, the Hoops Twitter account reported.
The Scottish Premier League sides recently agreed, as reported by the Daily Record, to follow in the footsteps of their English counterparts when it comes to the number of substitutions teams can make in a game.
Teams can now name nine substitutes, with five having the possibility of playing at some stage of a match. Brown is in favour of the move.
“It’s good for us”
“The new 5 sub rule really benefits us. We’ve looked in the past and thought you could bring on 4 or 5 players at the time, and we’ve got the option now so it’s good for us” Brown commented, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account.
💬 SB: "The new 5 sub rule really benfits us. We've looked in the past and thought you could bring on 4 or 5 players at the time and we've got the option now so it's good for us." #CELHAM
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 31, 2020
It is easy to see why Brown is in favour of the move, both individually and for the club. For a start, he is in the veteran stage of his career at 35. The chances of him getting a much-needed rest and being subbed when a game is won will no doubt increase now that more players can be taken off.
Now on to where it can benefit Celtic as a team overall. The Hoops have a very big squad, which could well be utilized more now that five subs can be used.
Youth players could be used more often
For example, more youth players can be given a run-out when a game is won, providing them with valuable first-team opportunities.
Perhaps a player who has been on the fringes of the first-team can make a breakthrough as a substitute. Will the clubs with bigger squads gain more benefit from this new ruling? Perhaps. However, it will still need to be taken advantage of.
That is why Celtic are lucky to have the likes of Neil Lennon and Scott Brown at the club. They will be examining where the Hoops can benefit from the extra substitutions. It will be intriguing to see if the Hoops make all five subs against Hamilton on Sunday. The Hoops skipper will no doubt be keen that Celtic do so.