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RODGERS’ PITCH PERFECT CLAIM

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BRENDAN RODGERS is planning on making Murrayfield his Field of Dreams this afternoon.

The Celtic boss will take his players to the home of Scottish rugby to face Hearts in the Betfred League Cup semi-final – and he is positive there will be no grounds for complaint.

Rodgers was involved in a war of words Craig Levein at the end of last season over the length of the grass on the Tynecastle pitch, despire the Hoops winning 3-1.

However, the Irishman is satisfied his team will be performing on playable surface this time around with Murrayfield also have a similar £2million hybrid pitch as Parkhead.

After a meeting with award-winning former Falkirk groundsman Jim Dawson during the week, Rodgers admitted: “It will, hopefully, make for a good game. The pitch will be 105m long and 68m wide. That’s the same size as Hampden.

“And the length of grass? That will be down to 24mm, which is UEFA guideline size – and just happens to be the exact same length as at Celtic Park.

“I have spoken to the groundsman at
 Murrayfield and they’ve got standards.

“They have top ground staff, the pitch is superb and they want a showcase game, too. One guy was from Falkirk and the other is a Raith fan. I had a good chat with both of them.

“They’re neutrals and want the best pitch. I spoke to them when they were working on the pitch when we were 
training there on Tuesday.

“I was just asking them what size they though the pitch would be – and how long the grass would be!”

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