Rangers clash with Livingston has been postponed after a pitch inspection at Ibrox this afternoon, sparking potential fixture chaos for the SPFL.
After sustained heavy rainfall at Ibrox overnight and today, it was necessary for an inspection to assess whether the surface would be playable for the 3pm kick-off – however, it was deemed unplayable just after 12.30 pm.
Steven Gerrard’s side already have a host of midweek games coming up and having to rearrange the clash with Livi will pose serious problems for the SPFL as they look for free dates to slot the fixtures in before the split.
Should Rangers progress in the Europa League, it will make things even more difficult with at least two more midweeks taken up by European fixtures.
The effects of Storm Dennis, coming closely after Storm Ciara hit Scotland, has left an already threadbare pitch at Ibrox really feeling the recent weather – as well as the heavy use it has seen since the return to action from the winter break.
An image circulating on social media appears to show the pitch looking in really poor condition and – if it was taken earlier today – it isn’t a surprise that the weather has taken its toll.
Confirmed 12.30 inspection. pic.twitter.com/OxTMFsfKxn
— Elaine (@ecm_242) February 15, 2020
The Gers spent over £1million laying a new hybrid pitch last summer and to see it struggle so badly this winter raises serious question marks over the money spent to replace the surface.
With Celtic due to play Aberdeen at Pittodrie tomorrow, the Gers could find themselves 13 points behind their bitter rivals before the weekend is over – albeit with two games in hand.