Rangers seem to have built up a rivalry with Kilmarnock this season, and there’s more news coming out of the Rugby Park club which will interest fans and Steven Gerrard alike.

The club plan to rip up their current, incredibly controversial pitch. But there are no plans in place to replace it with a grass surface.

Instead, Kilmarnock announced through their official website they intend to replace the current surface with “high-quality synthetic turf”.

Jamie Murphy’s solid start to the season was halted by the pitch. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Work has already begun on the FieldTurf Core playing surface and it will be installed in time for next season.

They claim the pitch – which is used by Barcelona, Ajax and Everton at their training complexes – has many advantages. Amongst them, “optimum ball roll, reduced pellet spray, increased surface stability and improved general aesthetics.”

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The pitch is described as “one of the most high-tech synthetic turf stadia in the world”. You have to wonder what Steven Gerrard thinks about that.

The controversial surface at Rugby Park has been the subject of much debate this season.

Steven Gerrard has been outspoken on it, and others in the league. The Rangers boss claims they “have no place in elite football”. Jamie Murphy’s season was ended on Kilmarnock’s surface in August.

Steven Gerrard has been an outspoken critic of plastic pitches this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There was also a petition signed by all senior professionals at the non-plastic pitch using clubs which demanded change [Daily Record].

Still, this new pitch can’t be as bad as the “obstacle to overcome” as Scott Arfield called it earlier in the season [Rangers.co.uk]. Can it?

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