Major work will soon get underway at Ibrox as Rangers look to install a new pitch in time for next season’s Champions League qualifiers.
The playing surface at Ibrox has been a concern for some time now, as although it tends to look pristine at the beginning of the season, it struggles to cope with winter weather.
Last season, a home Premiership fixture against Livingston had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and a subsequent Europa League fixture against Braga was played out on a patchy, beach-like surface.
Considerable repairs were carried out in April 2020 but the issues weren’t totally resolved, with supporters once again expressing concerns in February.
It seems as though the Gers are intent on resolving the issue once and for all, though, with work to begin on a new surface set to begin soon after Saturday’s final Premiership fixture against Aberdeen.
Pitch repairs were recently cited as a reason why the Scottish Cup final couldn’t be shifted to Ibrox and George Mullan of SIS Pitches tweeted earlier this week that his company would soon be heading to Glasgow after completing a job in Georgia.
— George A Mullan (@SIS_George) May 11, 2021
It’s excellent news that the club are acting swiftly regarding the pitch work, with a glamour friendly against Arsenal and Champions League qualifiers only around two months away.
Having a top-quality pitch all year round would be a big boost for Rangers, particularly in domestic competition, as a poor playing surface can be something of a leveller when up against lesser opposition.
Steven Gerrard’s side play an exciting brand of football and in order to perform at a high level week in week out, they need top-notch facilities.