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By GARETH LAW

ANGE POSTECOGLOU believes it is time for the Premiership to consider using five submarines again.

The high-flying season is at its midpoint with all clubs having played 19 matches.

Additional players could be used off the bench last season to help teams deal with covid.

That has been removed from that term – but as Omicron’s cases increase, Celtic boss Postecoglou believes bringing him back would be good for everyone.

He said: “I think there are a couple of things there. That’s one aspect and with covid still hanging around there are challenges in terms of losing players to positive tests.

“But if you have injuries, it can also come from clubs unable to turn or rest players.

“I think this is something that should be considered if we are going to continue these kinds of schedules.”

Ange Postecoglou managed to win the Premier Sports Cup trophy with the existing rules

The Premiership winter break has been brought forward in a bid to deal with new restrictions on supporters allowed inside stadiums.

This saw the Old Firm game on January 2 suspended until February, with Boxing Day’s game against St Johnstone being the last for the Hoops before the shutdown.

But Postecoglou – who brought in 12 players after taking office this summer – insists he will continue to work hard during the festivities.

He said: “I know people will think it’s time to put their feet up and put on the slippers, but there is still a long way to go.

“It’s okay, we understand it’s our responsibility at this time.

“Other people might have the chance to relax, but our work doesn’t stop and I’m happy with it. There is plenty to do.

“We have a plan in place now that we know the matches and the date of the first return leg.

“I hope that we will recover some of our injuries and that it will also give us a chance to recruit new players.

“It’s a challenge, but I don’t think I’ll ever go through another period like the first. Bringing in 12 was unique.

“This time around we can be a little more measured, we’ve been working on it a lot longer and we know what we want.

“It’s always a challenge because it’s not a precise science, but hopefully we will integrate them and integrate them early. “

Wednesday night’s draw with St Mirren means the Rangers, leaders of the Hoops Trail, earn six points before Christmas.

Postecoglou told Sky Sports News: “I understand this is the point of reference for people, they are looking at the table and it is the ultimate measure.

“But I can’t control this. We cannot control what the teams above and below are doing.

“We control what we do and we’ve been very good at it.

“If we continue in the form we have shown, we will give ourselves a chance.”