GVB weighs in on controversial 4G pitch debate

GVB weighs in on controversial 4G pitch debate
He's happy enough with these surfaces. Interesting change....

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has surprisingly endorsed plastic pitches (unlike his predecessor) as useful at this time of year, as Rangers prepare to face Annan on their fake surface tomorrow.

The Dutch coach was speaking at his pre-match presser and was asked on his views of resting players given the nature of the surface, but the manager was having none of it and doesn’t intend to rest anyone in light purely of the plastic pitch.

He confirmed both injury-returning Filip Helander and new signing Aaron Ramsey will start, and with both being short of match fitness the boss is putting his money where his mouth is by selecting both players to play on the controversial surface.

In defence of it, for a club the size of Annan, they really don’t have a lot of cash and the maintenance of a real pitch is expensive given their budget. We’re not making excuses but you will see such pitches at lower league football, and League Two certainly qualifies.

But it’s at the top level, your Livis, Killies and Hamiltons that it’s unacceptable for, but Gio’s comments today hints he’s not bothered by such a surface at all.

Still, it’s the same for both teams…

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  1. How many injuries have we had due to plastic pitches in the past ffs
    Hate the fkn things
    Should be banned
    Lets hope Gio doesnt regret it

  2. I’m not a fan and believe they shouldn’t be allowed in the top division. For that reason I’m hoping that neither Kilmarnock or Hamilton get promoted. However, I’m glad GVB isn’t making a big deal of it like his predecessors. I recall Ally McCoist continually saying that we couldn’t play on such surfaces and the players would then have the excuse to prove him correct.

  3. Tbh they should train on the 4G pitches in the week running up to an opponent with that turf down, they are playable which is why teams who have them tend to do well on them, but if your training on grass all week then play on a artificial it’s gonna cause problems.

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