SCOTTISH football teams will be allowed to make five substitutions per game in this season's Challenge Cup and Betfred Cup competitions.

The rule has already been implemented widely throughout European football in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with fears that players could suffer injuries as a result of a congested fixture list.

The new law is yet to be formally adopted by any of the SPFL's four professional leagues but in a statement released by the governing body, the organisation revealed they have recommended that the Premiership brings in the change.

In order for the rule to be succesfully implemented, nine of the 12 top-flight teams in Scotland would have to vote in favour of the move.

The statement added that the proposal will be put to Premiership clubs initially as the competition is set to start next month, while Championship, League One and League Two clubs will be asked to vote on the same option "in due course".

Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL, said: “With a more compressed fixture calendar than we are used to, the board approved the use of five substitutes in our cup competitions primarily out of a concern for player welfare.

"With teams expected to play more frequently and with shorter periods for recovery, the use of additional players in matches will help clubs spread the load throughout the season.

"It is also hoped that this amendment will assist player development, allowing more young players to get experience of competitive senior football during the 2020/21 season.

"The proposal will now go to Premiership clubs to vote on. A resolution to this effect will be circulated to the Scottish Premiership clubs shortly."