Noel Whelan has suggested that the current state of the Ibrox pitch could prove to be a disadvantage for Rangers in their title efforts this season.

The playing surface at the Gers’ home ground was noticeably worse off on Wednesday night against Hibernian, leading to manager Steven Gerrard labelling it “awful”.

And Whelan has suggested that it could be a stumbling block for the Bears’ hopes of dethroning their bitter rivals this term.


Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “They want to play quick, slick, flowing football – that’s the way Stevie G has been brought up at Liverpool, that’s the style he wants to play.

“That’s the style he’s brought these players in to produce so yeah, it is a worry but at the same time it’s the same for both sets of teams.

“It probably gives the opposition a little bit more of an advantage because they won’t be able to play that way if the pitch is churning up and you’re not getting that slickness, that roll that you want, if it’s quite bobbly it falls into the opposition hands.”

How bad was the pitch on Wednesday?

Really not very good if we’re being honest.

Granted there has been five hime games at Ibrox since January 17th, and a period of heavy rain hasn’t exactly helped matters, but you would still hope for things to be a bit better for a surface that was only renovates last summer.

Whelan hasn’t been the only pundit it to notice it either, with Alan Hutton telling Football Insider that he thought it was “shocking”.

Will it prove to be a key factor in the title race?

You would hope not, but the Gers are probably in a position now whereby they cannot afford to lose anymore points, and having a hime pitch that resembles a sand pit perhaps isn’t the best way to ensure that doesn’t happen.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard disappointed by ‘phenomenal’ Ibrox man v Hibs.


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