Livingston announced this morning that they have terminated former Celtic striker Anthony Stokes’ contract at the Tony Macaroni Arena – and Rangers fans quickly took to Twitter to call on Livi to rip up their plastic pitch as a result.

The West Lothian side only signed Stokes a few weeks ago as a replacement for one-time Rangers target Lyndon Dykes but the nomadic striker apparently couldn’t cope with training on Livi’s artificial pitch.

Many fans have long felt that there is no place in the top-flight for artificial surfaces and insist that Stokes’ exit vindicates their position with the striker’s body feeling the strain from training on it every day.

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Livingston, Kilmarnock and Hamilton all have varying quality of plastic pitches – with the one at the Tony Macaroni particularly unpopular – while a number of clubs in lower divisions also use them.

While there are financial benefits for club having artificial surfaces, fans just haven’t taken to them at all and would rather they weren’t used at the top level.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has regularly opted against risking certain players on artificial surfaces, including Joe Aribo when the Light Blues headed there last month on league duty – with the Gers boss even going as far as calling for them to be banned completely.

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Rangers fans on Twitter were quick to voice their unhappiness with the pitches – with one fan saying they should be forced to move the games to grass pitches until the artificial surfaces are replaced.

Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans:

 

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