Rangers will take part in the trial of concussion substitutes after the SPFL clubs approved the rule change, which will come into force from 6 March and last until the end of the season.

With growing concern globally over the impact on head injuries in sport and long-term brain injuries has led to a host of initiatives looking to reduce the likelihood of head injuries – as well as the treatment of them.


The SPFL have approved the change from next month(Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The SPFL clubs backed the change, initially proposed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), that concussion subs trialled between January and August 2021.

The process will see clubs given the option to use one of their usual substitutes if a player suffers a head injury, or a concussion substitute with the opposition allowed an addition change for any reason as a result.

Rangers will first see the rules in effect when they host St. Mirren at Ibrox on March 6 on what could be the day the Light Blues clinch the league title.


“The safety and wellbeing of players is clearly of the utmost importance to everyone involved with running football,” SPFL chief excutive Neil Doncaster said.

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“Yesterday’s tragic news that Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with dementia is the latest reminder of why it is vital that we do everything we can to protect those playing our game.

“We have seen a great deal of positive development in concussion protocols across sport in recent years and we hope that our participation in this trial will be the next step in that process.

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Clubs will be allowed to make a concussion sub when they suspect a head injury (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The Scottish FA refereeing department has already started briefing our clubs on the details of the rule change, with that process continuing in advance of the change coming into force on 6 March.”

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