The pullaver in recent weeks over plastic pitches has become a serious distraction from the more relevant business of the job on top of them.
Whether you agree with manager Mark Warburton’s assertions regarding their merits or otherwise, there is effectively little point flogging the dead horse that is their existence in Scottish football.
Rangers have, several times this season, travelled to plastic pitch stadiums and won comfortably – the Excelsior v Airdieonians, Indodrill v Alloa and Palmerston v QoS all stand out as complete strolls ‘on the plastic park’ for Warbs’ men so ultimately it really does not hold a great deal of water to complain about them.
Yes, playing on such a surface for three matches in a row is not ideal, but it is also moot to debate the pros and cons endlessly as it is what it is.
Rangers travel to Palmerston tomorrow in the knowledge star striker Martyn Waghorn appears to have busted his flush for this season, sadly, and knowing victory, after last week’s disappointing draw in Alloa, is borderline essential to maintain distance to their rivals.
But the pitch surface just is not and should not be any issue. Unfortunately it has been, with the Magic Hat blaming Killie’s 3G arena for Waghorn’s ailments. Injuries happen in sport, and mulling over the cause does not reverse them. Warbs has the depth at his disposal to overcome the adversity of losing his leading striker, and that is where his focus should lie.
Whether he is right or wrong is a matter of opinion, the point here is it is done, past, and Rangers need to move on and deal with the further obstacles standing between them and promotion.
One of those obstacles will be in Dumfries tomorrow, and James Fowler’s men have a knack of proving themselves especially stubborn opposition to the Ibrox outfit. After the drubbing they received on their own patch early this season, they nearly nabbed a point at Ibrox but for Waghorn’s last-second headed winner.
Expect them to be similarly stubborn tomorrow, plastic pitch or no plastic pitch.