Rangers have taken the decision to use the footballing downtime as an opportunity to get some much-needed maintenance done on the Ibrox pitch.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that work needed to be done with the surface suffering badly over Christmas and never recovering once the league restarted.
This essential maintenance will take four weeks to complete and will bear no influence on the potential return of football matches.
However, the Daily Record ran an “exclusive” on the story – despite the information being shared by club influencers Heart & Hand hours earlier – suggesting this isn’t just about essential maintenance.
Whilst the story doesn’t explicitly say it, the inference here is that Rangers have tactically torn up the pitch to avoid the season restarting and exert pressure on the SPFL.
It’s had literally hundreds of Celtic fans indulging in the conspiracy despite leaders within the Rangers community being adamant that this was not even in the club’s thinking.
Just take a look at the comments on the official Daily Record tweet containing the article.
“Let’s clarify this,” said Four Lads Had a Dream.
“We haven’t ripped it up or done this deliberately to stop any potential restarting of the league.
“It’s scheduled to be ongoing for four weeks and in that time there is no chance of any football recommencing anyway.”
Besides sparking comment from rival fans, tearing up the pitch will also have Rangers fans tearing their hair out over why the story was ever framed this way.
Work on the pitch needed to be done and the club has taken advantage of the domestic league shutdown to do it.
If the league is restarted in the middle of May – which looks incredibly unlikely either way – all the noises coming out of the club suggest that the pitch will be ready in time.