Scottish Premiership Clubs vote to return to five substitutes | football news

The Scottish Premiership clubs voted to return to using five substitutes after the winter break.

The best teams used three substitutes this season after deciding to use five last season during the peak of the pandemic, when the matches were behind closed doors.

The new rule will apply from the Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian on January 17 and for the rest of this season’s campaign.

The clubs voted to cancel the decision due to the hectic schedule of matches and concerns about Covid and isolation measures.

It will also allow clubs to name a bench for up to nine players.

The use of up to five substitutes is already allowed in the 2nd league and the SPFL consults with the Club and League 1 clubs in their divisions.

An SPFL spokesman said: “FIFA has allowed each league to set its own rules on alternates since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As a member organization, it’s crucial that clubs in each division can decide for themselves like this.”

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