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RODGERS’ GROUNDS FOR CONCERN

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BRENDAN RODGERS has told the Celtic board he is looking for a new pitch at Parkhead in time for the new season.

CQN broke the news well over a week ago that Rodgers regards the Parkhead pitch as being anything but perfect. 

Laid after the Commonwealth Games, the pitch was imported from Holland but despite the club’s groundmen having high hopes that it would at least match the previously impressive playing surface at Celtic Park, the new pitch has come up short. 

Rodgers, we told you, regarded the playing surface as patchy and slow and yesterday he made his concerns public.

The Hoops boss complained about the playing surface following the 2-0 home win over Motherwell yesterday.

A Moussa Dembele penalty-kick – his 27th goal of the campaign – and a James Forrest angled drive extended the home side’s unbeaten domestic run to 31 games.

Afterwards, Rodgers revealed his concerns about the pitch and the way it affects his side’s style of play.

He said: “I think it is an old pitch here, so we need to modernise the field.

“It is a concern for me when you are trying to entertain supporters and play a level of game, the pitch is vital.

“Our players have to deal with a real difficult pitch.

“Technically, they are having to make sure of their touch at times before they get it under control. They can’t play first time, it is difficult.

“So, I think how they deal with the game and how creative they are is a huge testament to them.

“Some of our football was very good in what was a very difficult pitch even though it might not look it.

“You are looking for fast football and speed in your game, the level we are looking to play.

“We actually go away to some grounds and play better because the opposition pitch is better and this here slows us down.”

 
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