Rivals agree to finally relay controversial pitch - but is it good or bad news?
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Kilmarnock agree to relay controversial pitch - but is it good or bad news?

Kilmarnock are set to lay a new pitch this summer but before anyone gets excited – it won’t be a grass one.
Jamie Murphy picked up a season-ending knee injury on Killie’s pitch back in August. It raised numerous concerns about the use of artificial pitches in the top flight.
Steven Gerrard said they have no place in “elite football”. Steve Clarke says Kilmarnock have no choice.

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke says the club are putting Killie first. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Economically it’s the best thing for the club,” Clarke told Killie shareholders at the club’s annual meeting on Tuesday.
“They would have to find probably about £10m to put down a grass pitch and build suitable training facilities. So short to medium term it’s the best option.

“It means all the players come to Kilmarnock, they engage with the community when they come to the town to train and I think that’s really important.”
This puts to bed any rumours that Killie would revert back to a grass pitch for next term. The Ayrshire side aren’t the only ones who use an artificial pitch in Scotland.

Jamie Murphy has also been ruled out for virtually the entire season due to an injury on the pitch. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hamilton and Livingston also use an artificial playing surface. This means a quarter of the 12 top flight clubs don’t play on grass.
Given the financial restrictions the clubs have it is understandable, and that means realistically any solution must be collective amongst all the clubs.
But to assist the league financially, could you see Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen doing
what the three biggest clubs in Holland agreed to earlier in the year?

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