Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes he should be allowed to name more substitutes in the Premiership rather than the seven currently permitted.
The Lowdown: Gers get off to winning start
The Gers were in fantastic form as they kicked off their Premiership campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Livingston.
The Ibrox outfit will now move on to the Champions League, where they face Malmo in the first leg of their third qualifying round.
The Latest: Gerrard wants rule change
Speaking after the victory, Gerrard suggested managers should be allowed to name more substitutes domestically. He told Rangers TV (via The Daily Record):
“It (having squad options) is a lovely problem, I want the squad to be as strong as we can and have good players in every position.
“Over the course of the season we’re hopefully going to play 60 games, if it’s a successful season.
“So everyone needs to be ready. It was tough today, leaving people out of the 18.
“I think the rule needs to change.
“I understand why it has to be three subs but I think it needs to be more options from the bench like it is in the Champions League.
“But I don’t make the rules around here.”
The Verdict: Easy to say
Of course, you can understand why Gerrard would want that. At Ibrox, he has a big squad and a lot of options to choose from – having more players on the bench will give him more flexibility and would keep more of his squad members happy.
Should Gerrard be able to name more subs?
However, other than perhaps Celtic, the rest of the sides in Scotland’s top tier do not have the squad size or depth that the Gers possess. Given only three players can be replaced during the course of a match, seven substitutes is already a big enough number to choose from.
In other news, Rangers fans were livid at this article.
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