Rangers have been asked for their opinion on the Premiership reintroducing the five substitutes rule after the winter break, according to the Daily Record.

A move from the traditional three substitutes to five took place in leagues across Europe when football resumed after the initial Covid-triggered shutdown in early 2020.

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The change was made to help reduce the strain on players being asked to play more often than usual.

It was popular with bigger clubs, including Rangers, with Steven Gerrard a huge fan.


However, some clubs with smaller squads suggested that it put them at a disadvantage.

Clubs asked for thoughts on additional subs

The five substitute rule was scrapped ahead of the current campaign, meaning managers have only been able to use three subs per match.

However, the Daily Record reports that the SPFL are looking into reintroducing it for the second half of the season due to fears about fixture congestion if a large number of matches have to be postponed due to Covid outbreaks.

It’s asserted that all 12 top flight clubs have already been contacted and have been asked to respond with their preference by the beginning of next week.

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Rangers likely to be in favour of Premiership rule change

It’s a no-brainer for Rangers to throw their weight behind this idea.

Of all the other teams in the league, only Celtic have comparable squad depth, and five substitutes would greatly increase Gio van Bronckhorst’s ability to change style and shape mid-game to find solutions.

It would also allow the Dutchman to rest more key players by taking them off in games when the result is already decided by the hour mark, reducing the chances of an injury pile-up late in the season.

The change would also be great news for fringe players at Ibrox who have struggled for game time, but in many cases would have been the next cab off the rank if more in-game alterations were permitted.

Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly in transfer talks with a 21-year-old who has been capped seven times at international level.

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