Only two years ago Kilmarnock and Steve Clarke were saying “bye, bye Rangers” as they defeated us on the final day of the1/19  season to secure European football.

The Rugby Park side were a continuing thorn in Rangers’ side and were increasingly outspoken as their dodgy plastic pitch proved difficult in Gerrard’s first season in charge.

But since Clarke has left – and despite all the posturing over Rangers from the now Scotland boss – Kilmarnock have officially been relegated from the Scottish top flight.

Taking their controversial surface with them, Kilmarnock fell to a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Dundee and end a 28-year spell in the top tier of Scottish football.

Killie join Hamilton in being relegated meaning that plastic pitches in the Scottish top tier will drop from three to one next season with Hearts and Dundee bringing grass surfaces up the leagues.

According to journalist Stephen McGowan, this now also presents an opportunity to banish plastic pitches permanently by earning an 11-1 to vote in the Scottish Premiership.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has previously claimed that these surfaces have “no place” in elite level football and Livingston are the only team with an all-weather surface.

Owing to the plastic pitch, Gers fans have been rejoicing online as Killie are sent south and they can look forward to eight less Scottish Premiership games a season on the surfaces.

But the entire thing has an extra edge owing to Steve Clarke’s comments in 2019 as Rangers fans effectively extinguished any notion of a rivalry between the two clubs:

 

Perhaps the only think Gers fans might take umbrage with is the fact Dundee – yes the same vote-losing, vote-changing outfit from last season – are being promoted.

Speaking about that SPFL, reports are suggesting a legendary ex-Rangers captain could be about to hook up with an SPFL chairman who many consider anti-Gers.

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