SPFL clubs are set to finally to ban plastic pitches as soon as next season after a vote was called on the topic, with Kilmarnock already sorting out a natural turf at Rugby Park for the start of 25/26.
Ibrox Noise has campaigned for years for these appalling surfaces to be ditched in the top flight, with at one point three SPL clubs boasting the fake pitch – Hamilton, Livi and Kilmarnock. Livingston’s plastic was absolutely the worst, more like a carpet.
But this impending vote could and should outlaw the 3G from next season onwards, meaning Killie will have to get working on their replacement a lot quicker than two years from now.
This could be implemented as early as the moment the Split is over.
The number of serious injuries sustained on these pitches means this vote should have happened long ago, or more to the point, the SPFL should have just outlawed it themselves – but the lack of backbone from Neil Doncaster and co is legendary.
So, instead, they leave it to a vote, and in theory, there shouldn’t be much if any opposition to the barring of the fake pitches.
Only the two sides would be likely to vote against the ban, that being Livi and Hamilton, with Killie, as said before, already working on replacing their terrible surface, and not before time.
But hopefully sense will prevail and we won’t see any more Rangers players losing months of their careers because of a horrible surface. Jamie Murphy was a major one – a total stalwart under Steven Gerrard, he was never the same after that 18-month lay off from an injury at Rugby Park and found himself cast aside once he was ‘fit’ again.
He went onto have a very modest career after reaching the pinnacle of Ibrox.
So while it’s too late for Murphy, at least this change is happening at long last.
At least, barring any unforeseen nonsense…