Rangers manager believes plastic pitch ban would improve Scottish game
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Rangers manager believes plastic pitch ban would improve Scottish game

During a press conference on Friday afternoon, Steven Gerrard, as quoted by the Rangers Twitter account, spoke at length about artificial playing surfaces.
He has been critical of plastic pitches in the past. For example, he partially blamed the nature of the surface at Rugby Park, for the serious knee injury sustained by Jamie Murphy, back in August.

Murphy won’t be ready to return until the very end of the season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Clearly, it’s still something he feels strongly about.
He’s not alone, though. Reports on Thursday suggested that all SPL players outside of Kilmarnock, Hamilton and Livingston, who currently have plastic pitches, voted to ban them in the top flight.
“I believe the game would be in a better place if there were no plastic pitches”,
said Gerrard, as quoted by the Rangers Twitter account.
“I think the people that won’t agree to take them out of the game need to think about the players and player safety. We have to adapt our player selection and recovery around plastic pitches.”

Gerrard spoke his mind on the controversial issue. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I respect the financial positions of clubs. But, I believe that the people who run this league should do more to make sure the games are played on grass. Every other elite league plays on grass so why shouldn’t Scotland.”

The last point, in particular, is a fair one.
There’s no doubt that artificial surfaces bring economic benefits for smaller clubs.
Yet, in having them, they also automatically gain an artificial advantage.
At the end of the day, a football doesn’t behave on anything else, like the way it does on grass.

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