The Scottish Premiership will return to using five substitutes for the remainder of the season – with the SPFL rubberstamping the changes ahead of Hibs v Celtic on Monday night.

Clubs were initially allowed to use five subs when football first returned after lockdown however the SPFL opted to return to the traditional three subs ahead of the start of the current season.

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With clubs facing hectic schedules from now until the summer, there have been numerous calls to reinstate the five subs with the SPFL finally appearing to listen.

The move is bound to raise some eyebrows tough with the changes introduced mid-season and only applying to the clubs in the Premiership – despite many of the clubs outside the top-flight relying on players who have full-time jobs outside of the game.


A number of managers have expressed their support for a return to five subs and it makes sense that the rule is reintroduced – although it should never have been scrapped last summer.

With concerns over Covid and the number of games being played in a short period, it’ll be interesting to see whether the SPFL look to repeal it again in the summer and return to three subs.

An SPFL spokesman said: “FIFA has allowed each league to determine its own rules regarding substitutes since the Covid-19 pandemic began. 

“As a members’ organisation, it is key that clubs in each division are able to make decisions on issues such as this for themselves.”

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