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DEILA IN PITCH BATTLE

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CELTIC boss Ronny Deila has attacked the condition of Scottish pitches, despite heading for the domestic treble in his debut season.

The Norwegian been urged clubs to consider playing on plastic rather than rutted, uneven surfaces which he claims are denying fans the chance to watch higher quality games.

He has even said Scottish football should follow the lead of his homeland in Norway and move to a summer schedule to utilise the better weather.

Deila said: “The pitch at St Mirren was better than some we have played on, but the pitches in Scotland are terrible.

“If you want to develop players and get passing football into your team, it’s difficult when the ball is bouncing all the time.

“It’s much easier for other teams to just sit behind the ball and try to break down our play. It’s much better to play on an artificial surface than on this.

“If we are going to develop good young players, we need to have a good surface to play and train on. If not, you get fighters. If you want skills and technique, you have to play on better surfaces.

“They are better in Norway, where 60 per cent of our pitches are artificial. The grass pitches are better there as they don’t train on them and there aren’t other teams playing on them – and we play in the summer.

“The pitch at St Mirren might not look bad, but try to play on it. You use one or two touches more every time you get on the ball.

“Celtic Park is a good pitch and nothing is better than a good grass pitch. But if it’s going to be like this then it’s better to play on artificial such as Kilmarnock.

“Summer football is also something to think about. It can maybe make Scottish
 football better.”

 
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