It has been a week since Celtic lost 2-0 to Livingston in what was a very off colour day for the celtic players who couldn’t get to grips with a number of things on the day. Livingston were in Celtic’s faces and the bhoys couldn’t get into a rhythm – their day compounded by a bad Ryan Christie decision.
However, while former Celtic player and Sky Sports commentator Davie Provan believes Livingston should get a lot of credit for how they go about their business – he also believes their pitch is an embarrassment and a blemish on Scottish football. Handing them a very big advantage against visiting sides.
Writing in his SunSport Column, Provan said:
“GIVEN their budget, Livingston are the miracle club of the Premiership.
“They’re not pretty but the honesty of Gary Holt’s team puts other clubs to shame. But don’t tell me they wouldn’t be every bit as effective on grass.
“Their pitch, with clouds of rubber crumbs, is an embarrassment to our Premiership.
“Minutes after Livi beat Celtic last Sunday, Manchester United announced Victor Lindelof would miss the Newcastle game because his back locked on AZ Alkmaar’s plastic pitch.”
The artificial surface is just one of many blighting the Scottish game; Kilmarnock and Hamilton also have their own versions.
While these pitches are okayed by UEFA and FIFA they continue to cause problems and are a shocking advert for our game. With predominantly Celtic and Gers away games getting shown on the TV there is a hell of a lot of games in one season on TV which will take place on one of these awful surfaces. It’s a bad