Tomorrow Rangers travel to Falkirk to face a League One side under mild cv siege, as so many are these days, but even more significantly the top side in Scotland’s third tier hail from a 3G surface.
Yup, it’s another plastic pitch, and Stevie G may well bear that in mind when it comes to selection.
We provided you with our predicted XI, but it is definitely worth considering that the boss might want to deploy more ‘robust’ players for what will be a cold evening in central Scotland on a fake pitch.
This might just mean Scotty Arfield gets the nod ahead of Ianis Hagi after all, but regardless of who starts, we are absolutely sick and fed up of the number of injuries and issues our team and squad have had on pitches like these over the years.
Remember, make absolutely no mistake, Rugby Park robbed Jamie Murphy of his Rangers career. Sure, we realise now with 20/20 hindsight that the guy probably wasn’t good enough anyway, but at the time, he was denied the chance to try by a horrible pitch which put him out for well over a year.
In reality, after that injury, he made just two sub appearances in effectively two years.
He’s back now, doing the business for Hibs, and it’s great to see him fit, but he’s one example of why these pitches are deathtraps.
Maybe a bit hyperbole, but it’s ridiculous that such pitches are allowed in professional football in this country.
Hopefully we do not pay the price for such poor executive decisions tomorrow.