Fair play to the ‘Daily Record/Football Scotland’ for wheeling out Niko Katic to big Rangers up and excuse the weekend’s result at Killie, basically by blaming the pitch.
There’s a few sides to this argument, and we’re happy to examine what Katic said, being a player experienced on that surface:
He’s absolutely correct – Ibrox Noise can confirm we’ve been directly on Killie’s pitch and it’s like a carpet, it doesn’t behave like grass does and as Niko says, instead of the ball responding naturally like it does on an organic pitch, it sticks.
However, Celtic and Rangers have both won on this dire surface many times in the past, and Celtic, as we discussed recently, scored 5 times there last season without reply. So as correct as Niko is about the horrors of such a pitch, it’s not an excuse.
These surfaces 100% should be outlawed in Scotland but of course the incompetent governance of our game with a buffoon like Neil Doncaster in charge isn’t going to see common sense prevail.
There is, of course, another catch, another twist. This kind of surface is what new signing Jose Cifuentes is used to – it’s ALL they use in the MLS. So while our players struggled on it, he wouldn’t, and equally, it’s the same for both teams anyway.
So, as much as we appreciate the Record sticking up for us, and using Katic to tell us that everything is ok, it’s probably not.
But of course, a good performance tomorrow night and it all changes.
And boy does Michael Beale need that.