Scottish football? Psst, Ibrox Noise has a favour to ask…


With Jamie Murphy’s injury being confirmed exactly as bad as feared, it raises more seriously the question of 3G surfaces in Scottish football.

Three grounds save pennies on soil maintenance by instead using artificial turf; Livie’s Tony Macaroni, Hamilton’s New Douglas Park and of course Killie’s Rugby Park.

This surface, after having cost a number of players spells out through injury, has, in August, destroyed Jamie Murphy’s entire season – the 28-year old winger now faces around a year out ‘thanks’ to the nature of the synthetic surface, and few think this would have happened on a grass pitch.

It’s simple now – an honest professional’s career is plainly at risk for the crime of playing for his team on a surface no one wants, and the SFA, SPFL and YMCA for all we care must now simply ban this treacherous, dangerous surface that will hurt and destroy many more players’ seasons and careers.

This may sound over-emotional but after Ibrox Noise polled its readers, a 98% response in agreement of banning pretty much agrees with our sentiments.

We call on all of Scottish football, Celtic included, to make a categorical stand against 3G pitches. We’d be surprised if you like your players at risk on these arenas. This must go to Hampden, to the SFA, and we can’t really see Scott Brown (or anyone else at Parkhead) changing his mind.

The use of artificial surfaces must be outlawed pronto. Rangers should boycott those stadiums, if not the fixtures with Hamilton and Killie, and demand they be played on grass instead.

We lost Waghorn those years gone by, Celtic have complained too, and now Jamie Murphy is in crutches and was effectively in tears after the extent of the damage revealed itself.

No more. There’s no negotiation on this. Modern football being played on this surface is not only incredibly dangerous but a global laughing stock – football must be played on grass and nothing else.

We firmly believe Rangers and the Scottish game must do something Jamie Murphy now cannot – stand up. We must take a stand and protest or boycott this surface before we lose any more players.

It’s not tolerable any more.

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  1. Artificial pitches are piss poor, without doubt.

    The latest debacle is unfortunate for one of our own but after the weekend we’ll all move on until the next time.

  2. Templeton was another one, the sad thing is all other team supporters would rather risk their own players and that of Scottish Internationals rather than side with Rangers.

  3. AFC fan here. I am with Rangers on this one. The health and safety of all our players no matter the club they play for comes first. Rangers should be compensated with the loss of thier player as should other clubs aswell. Thankyou Rangers for being the first to step up on the ban of lego pitches. With respect.

  4. No artificial pitches , no empty ends as with Hamilton and Thistle , at the very least these ends should be converted into standing areas . And no fucking double decker buses parked at the side of the pitch , as Hamilton had for about 2 years . We're a fucking joke and an embarrassment when matches at these clubs are screened on tv . If they don't want to comply with the criteria , they can fuck off out of the top league . This is all the fault of the SFA as per usual and they should certainly be compensating Rangers for the loss of Jamie Murphy .

  5. Yes!
    And any team in the top division of their country with a plastic pitch should be Demoted! 👊

    If Stirling Fcking Albion can afford to have Grass how cant Killie/Hamilton!?

  6. Yes!
    And any team in the top division of their country with a plastic pitch should be Demoted! 👊

    Also If Stirling Albion etc can afford Grass, How on Earth can Killie or Hamilton etc not Afford it!?
    Absolute Joke!

  7. ALL teams should refuse to play on them.and all away fans should boycot there stadium.they would lose more money that way than what they save having these pitches

  8. BAN THESES PITCHES NOW before we end up with a leg break
    We spend all the time and effort to put a team together to get crocked on plastic pitch FFS

    LETS GO WATP 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  9. The presumption is that Kilmarnock have a Astro pitch for financial reasons. Well here's a solution for them. When Rangers and Celtic come to town sell them another 3000 tickets to fill their empty stands. That's 3000 x £28 = £84,000 four times a season (not including cup games). That's £336,000 a season. Surely that's enough to have a grass pitch.

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