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BROWN BLASTS HAMILTON’S ‘HORRIBLE’ PITCH

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CELTIC skipper Scott Brown has joined Brendan Rodgers in blasting plastic pitches – and has branded the surface for this afternoon’s game at Hamilton “horrible”.
The Hoops boss has publicly declared his belief that astroturf pitches should be for training work only, arguing that they represent an injury risk in competitive games.

Brown backed his gaffer and said: “We’ve played a lot of games already and it’s always hard on your calves, always hard on your body. But we push on to Hamilton – and their artificial pitch.

“It’s horrible. Horrible. It’s always hard going from grass to astroturf.

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“Hamilton is one of the worst. I don’t mind the Kilmarnock pitch. When it’s wet, you can move the ball and pass it quite well.

“Then you just have to deal with the stiffness in your body and recover the next day.

“It always does affect you, playing on the artificial turf. It takes a bit more out of you, because it’s solid underneath. It’s always harder that way.

“But you have to cope with it.”
The controversial surface means Croatian central defender Jozo Simunovic will not be risked against Accies because of past problems with his groin.
The champions aim to make it 16 domestic wins in a row and with two more games on the horizon, a home match with Ross County and the Hogmanay visit to Ibrox, Brown hopes to come away from Hamilton with three points and no injuries.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been in dynamic form this season and he puts his fitness down to the way boss Rodgers has looked after him since the first day he walked in the door.

Brown added: “The gaffer looks at your GPS stats and makes sure you’re not battering your body.

“He can see how far you’ve run, how well you’ve done and how you’re recovering. We wear heart rate monitors to make sure everything is back to normal.

“So, the gaffer knows when he can push you and when he can’t, how training needs to be, whether we need to work really hard or just take a couple of days to chill.

“We had a day off this week, we had a light session on Thursday because we’d had a tough game on the Tuesday night, things like that.

“It always does affect you, playing on the artificial turf. It takes a bit more out of you, because it’s solid underneath.

“It’s always harder that way. At least, we’ve got the winter break to look forward to after one last push.”

In case you missed this last night…
CELTIC, AWARE OF THE RUMOURS, WILL MONITOR IBROX ROOF SITUATION BUT ‘AT THIS POINT HOGMANAY MATCH GOES AHEAD’….read here.
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