I was down at Anfield on Saturday, and I took the day off yesterday after I’d published my piece on Gerrard, but I am ever watchful of what is making the headlines and one of the stories which did, of course, was John McGinn expressing his anger at the Hampden pitch.
It was not in the least bit surprising to read that. But it was dispiriting.
And it is annoying to learn that after so many complaints about the League Cup Final that the turf at the national stadium is as bad as ever. The SFA are a disgrace.
All these people are, in a sense, are glorified park keepers and they can’t even do that right.
This is worrying for more than just what it says about football governance in Scotland.
It’s worrying because of what it suggests for the semi-final which is coming up.
Our game will be the third in a row over the space of a weekend, and the odds are that the pitch is going to resemble something that someone ran a plough over. That’s not right,
It’s a risk to players for a start. You would think they just didn’t care. McGinn said people were falling all over it, unable to get proper footing, unable to properly control the ball. That’s scandalous. What kind of showpiece will the game be on a pitch like that?
What kind of people are these who can’t even get this stuff right?
How long have they had to sort out that mess of a playing surface? What have they done about it? Clubs all over the world have pitches which grow under worse conditions than we have here and they are fine.
The SFA doesn’t even have the excuse that too many games are played on it … Hampden now hosts a handful of matches a year and they still can’t keep in in good nick.
That pitch should be pristine. You should be able to bowl on it. Instead we face a cup semi-final which is going to look like as if the pitch was imported from a bombed out stadium in the Ukraine.
If it’s as bad as McGinn suggests then heads should roll on that pitch.
But we already know there’s no accountability there, so of course that won’t happen.