Rangers duo Ross and Robby McCrorie – as well as Gers transfer target Scott Wright – were left frustrated tonight as their Scottish Premiership clash between their respective loan sides was called off just as it was due to get underway.
The tie between Livingston and Aberdeen at the Tony Macaroni Arena fell victim to the weather as heavy rain, sleet an snow left one area of the pitch waterlogged, despite Livi’s best efforts.
Ross was due to start for Aberdeen having sat out the 2-1 defeat to Rangers at the weekend while Robby was named among the substitutes for Livingston.
Issues with drainage saw the plug pulled at the last minute, as Livi looked to extend their winning run ahead of facing struggling Celtic this weekend.
Referee Steven McLean insisted that the pitch was playable when he arrived at the ground two hours before kick-off but quickly deteriorated, telling Sky Sports: “We inspected the pitch on arrival two hours prior to kick-off and the pitch was playable at that time.
“Although we had some concerns it might detiorate, which we reported to Livingston, it was definitely playable so an earlier pitch inspection in the afternoon wouldn’t have made any difference in this situation. In the interim period, the rain has been very heavy and the pitch has detiorated and uring the warm-up a number of players from both sides communicated to me that they felt pitch was unsafe and the underfoot conditions were difficult.
“Given that information I took the decision we would do a second inspection once everyone was off the pitch and we could inspect every are of the field of play. Once we took our time to do that, it was clear there was a lot of water on the pitch sitting on top of an icy layer which had started to form and makes it dificult for players to turn at speed and becomes a player safety issue.
“As soon as it becomes an issue of player safety, we have to err on the side of caution and protect the players.”
Ross will make his move to Pittodrie permanent in the summer and could be used as a makeweight to bring Scott Wright to Ibrox later this month after Derek McInnes’ confirmed the Gers were interested in signing him.
Goalkeeper Robby has been stuck on the sidelines since losing his place as David Martindale’s side have recorded Livi’s best-ever winning run in the top tier.
If Ross McCrorie isn’t used as a makeweight to bring Wright to Ibrox – there’s another Rangers fringe player who could be