Rangers fans have highlighted the poor condition of the Ibrox pitch ahead of an important European fixture against Royal Antwerp.
The Gers take on the Belgian side in a second-leg Europa League Round of 32 clash in Glasgow on Thursday night, knowing that they will progress to the Last 16 if they avoid defeat.
Steven Gerrard’s side have all the momentum heading into the match given their 4-3 comeback win in the first leg at the Bosuilstadion and their domestic form, while their opponents are sure to be short on confidence after their winless streak was increased to four matches on Sunday evening.
Rangers have been near flawless on home soil so far this season and they further improved their record with a 4-1 triumph over Dundee United on Sunday afternoon, with Ianis Hagi, Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos all on the scoresheet.
After surviving a few early scares, the hosts grew into the game and played some excellent football at times.
Yet, the condition of the pitch was a cause for concern for a number of supporters on social media.
The Ibrox surface looked bare and heavy in a number of places, with left-back Borna Barisic left visibly frustrated by the turf after getting the ball caught under his feet near the end of the first half.
It’s not the first time the pitch has looked below par in recent times, either.
The quality of the surface deteriorated considerably after the turn of the year last season prompting the club to relay the pitch during the first lockdown in April 2020.
Initially, that looked to have done trick, but with the return of winter weather the same problems cropped up again, with supporters raising concerns during the Europa League group stage win over Standard Liege in December.
Over two months later, the issues haven’t been resolved and although the presence of pigeons on the pitch for Sunday’s game suggested that the pitch has recently been reseeded, supporters were concerned.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Agreed. The weather won’t have helped, but the pitch was in terrible condition even before that.
— Faceless 👤 (@FacelessRanger) February 21, 2021
Pitch is in shocking nick #rangers Need to invest in improving that in the summer
— Jamie Greig (@jamiegreig1987) February 21, 2021
Pitch is in some state he #Rangers
— Rivers (@RTVWOW) February 21, 2021
Biggest threat for our season is the poor condition of the pitch at Ibrox.
— John Henderson (@johnhen69867768) February 21, 2021
Ibrox pitch is struggling with the old Scottish weather we’ve had recently. Not ideal considering the way we like to play.
— Kirst 🪐 (@kirsten93_) February 21, 2021
Ibrox pitch looks absolutely shocking
— Stephen Simpson (@Simmi1990) February 21, 2021
When is Ibrox getting that hybrid pitch? Current one looks a mess.
— RSC PDX (@RSCPDX) February 21, 2021
A dodgy surface isn’t the only thing Rangers will have to contend with on Thursday night, because two key players have been ruled out of the match through injury.