'Worries me' – Ferguson makes Rangers claim ahead of clash v Kilmarnock
Former Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson has raised concerns about the condition of the Rugby Park pitch ahead of the Gers’ meeting with Kilmarnock on Sunday.
The Ibrox club are top of the Scottish Premiership and are unbeaten 12 matches into the season, with 10 wins already under their belt.
However, Ferguson is worried that the artificial pitch at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park stadium could prove difficult for Steven Gerrard’s side.
“The thing that worries me a wee bit with going to Rugby Park is that surface,” Ferguson told the Blues Brothers Podcast.
“It is a leveller. For me, I’d be looking at the weather because I hope it’s raining, at least it’ll be a wee bit more slick – we need that.
“Our game is about pace, that’s what we’ve got in the final third, that’s what I like about us. We can be quite methodical up to a certain point, then we go through the gears, then we’ve got that change of pace, then we’ve got guys that can get past people and that surface sometimes doesn’t allow you to do that.”
An important test
Playing on artificial surfaces is something that Rangers shouldn’t have to put up with and it’s a source of contention at the club.
Rangers have focused on a possession-based game this season, averaging 62.8% possession and completing 85.7% of their passes so far, while they have won the fewest aerial duels per match in the division.
Playing on the Kilmarnock surface favours the home side and could definitely disrupt their style of play, and Gerrard will have to be aware of the potential for this when choosing his team. However, he would be advised against making any drastic changes, especially given their impressive form in recent weeks.
Kilmarnock have only won two of their five home games in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, so Rangers will likely be better off sticking to their game plan rather than adapting too much to the pitch.
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