Diseased grass or plastic pitch ?
I would be the very first one to admit I have green ( white and gold ) tinted specs on a lot ,, and the flip side of that is anything that comes out of anyone based around Ibrox is automatically thought of as self serving deflective bs .
However as the old saying goes even a broken clock is right twice a day .
After our club of choice were paired with St Johnstone , the Ibrox based club were paired away to Killie in the next round .
I could spend the rest of this article on the draw alone , which was viewed as a fix with some side splitting comments coming out on Swallow Swallow ,,,
“ Thats seven in a row for them . Its a .5 probability to the power of seven which is .78% . But of course in any given round its a fifty percent chance “
“Did I see the wummin look in the pot and carefully pick out #5 ? “
“ When Hearts came out the burd looked in the pot and carefully picked a ball out !!! “
The “ burd “ happened to be Eve Muirhead who proudly represented Scotland on the world stage earning a bronze medal ,,, nothing at all to be laughed at ,, but has the “ unfortunate “ fact of being born in a place whos name translates as New Ireland .
This coupled with paranoia will probably see the poor lass persona non gratis to the clan .
And she probably thought it would be fun !
However the fact remains that Killie will host the next round , on that pitch , which is where I am heading with this one .
I was recently surprised to read that Ajax and PSV and Feyenoord have offered to pay for any plastic pitches in the Eredivisie to be replaced .
Thats quite a move when you think about it ,, although we have nowhere near the six pitches in the top flight that they worry about at the moment . No less than Dutch legend Ruud Gullit himself has stated that players are avoiding their league due to this fact , something that has helped push the clubs actions along .
But how exactly would you feel if it was announced that ourselves and der Hun would pay to replace Killies pitch with real grass ?
Im not sure I would be soo happy myself , but that is jaundiced by “ We knew they would lay down “ ,, and how effing right you were Chris,, every single one of us knew it and the fact they went straight to Madrid to stay at a 5 star hotel ( the same one Real and Barca use the night before games ) has nothing at all to do with that result Im sure .
But on a footballing basis it would be one hell of a gesture .
Not long ago after Stevie G had a pop at his teams pitch the other Stevie was forced to defend the decision behind the pitch if not necessarily the pitch itself ,, stating that he doesnt think there are more injuries on it and primarily its cheaper , and that was the driving force .
Perhaps the man in the Ibrox hotseat was upset after losing a player for the season on the plastic , however his comment that elite teams shouldnt have to play games on that type of surface rings true ,, especially when allied with other big clubs trying to replace them in their leagues .
I dont think Stevie Clarke has grabbed it in this case . Its not just the injuries , its the game itself that suffers .
The ball reacts different ,, players that know its basically rock hard under them wont commit to tackle as much or at all maybe . One team can train on it and get used to the reactions , the other is bewildered etc etc .
KIllies results are no surprise , the have an excellent coach and that has been the main driving force no doubt , not the pitch .
But as the game looks to modernise a little with Var , it would make sense if this was the next issue under the microscope from the governing bodies ,,, after all they must find something to do , and it is a good squirrel from the larger ills .
With 2 other domestic clubs going down that route though ( Livingston and Hamilton Accies ) it really doesnt look as if the governing bodies are on the same page as most other clubs.
As for Stevie G and his club of choice up north , Im afraid this is a case of the boy who cried wolf ,,, when he actually does have something correct to say its lost in the churn .
The domestic game has many many problems however this one is one thats easily solved with a bit of goodwill . flexibility , and some funds . Looking around the league though to see where those funds would come from , im certainly not building up any hopes of a Dutch style solution to happen soon . Shortsightedness will be the order of the day , as usual .
Hearts and the Dons actually offered to cover the cost of Var remember , they can work in tandem for the games benefit it seems .
This is one that I would actually be happy if the two biggest clubs came together on . Doubt they will though.
The revelations that our own turf has a disease will further push clubs towards these artificial pitches , at a time when others seek to rid themselves of them .
If the richest club in the land has troubles keeping grass growing in that harsh climate then we might all have to accept that they are here to stay . Unfortunately.
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