RANGERS midfielder Scott Arfield believes Kilmarnock’s plastic pitch should be BANNED!

The anchorman is likely to line up against Steve Clarke’s side at Rugby Park this evening – the first time the Ibrox side have played on the surface since winger Jamie Murphy suffered a dreadful injury in August.

The forward’s knee appeared to buckle on the artificial turf and he is now expected to miss up to nine months of action.

Steven Gerrard said after that Betfred Cup clash there was no place for plastic pitches in the top professional ranks.

Arfield backs that view, but stressed there would be no fear in the Gers’ ranks as they take on Killie on Premiership business tonight.

He said: “I just echo the gaffer’s thoughts and the rest of the managers in this league.

“I don’t think these surfaces should be anywhere near top-level football, but it is what it is. It’s another obstacle to overcome and we need to just go and win the game.”

Reflecting on his team-mate’s setback at the start of the campaign, the 30-year-old former Falkirk and Burnley ace added: “It was one of those things.

“Obviously, it was a shocker for Jamie and a shocker for us and I think it’s more likely to happen on these artificial surfaces.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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