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PLAYERS BACK RODGERS IN BID FOR NEW PITCH

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BRENDAN RODGERS insists he wants a new pitch at Parkhead for the next campaign, as CQN revealed over a week ago.
The Celtic boss is not satisfied with the state of the playing surface, despite seeing his team extend their unbeaten domestic record to 31 games on it by defeating Motherwell 2-0 at the weekend.
The champions have won EVERY domestic game they have played on the turf this season, but Rodgers isn’t happy at the bare and rough nature of the ageing and deteriorating park and wants it dug up and replaced by a more modern lay-out.
And Scotland international defender Kieran Tierney leads the Hoops players who are backing their gaffer in his bid for change.
The left-back admitted: “We are coping and doing well with the pitch, but it’s not in the best condition it has been. Hopefully, it can get better.
“Would it be worth paying the money for a new one? Yeah!
“It helps you play football and move the ball faster. If that happened, there would only be benefits.

“We just want the best conditions possible and I’m sure the groundsmen are working hard to do that for us.”

Rodgers has already discussed the issue with club chiefs and has laid out his plans for a state-of-the-art Desso surface to be installed.

Used by the big clubs south of the border, the hybrid mixture of real grass infused with artificial strands prevents a pitch turning bare and bobbly.

Rodgers demands fast, one-touch football and is adamant his team are being hampered at the moment in the confines of their own home.

He said: “It is a concern for me. When we’re trying to entertain supporters and play a level of game, the pitch is vital.

“But we’ll get it organised, we’ll get it sorted I’m sure.

“Hopefully, the pitch could go down in the summer.”

 That’s what we should do.
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