Rangers captain James Tavernier reckons Prem clubs can have NO excuse for serving up shoddy pitches

JAMES TAVERNIER insists Scotland’s top-flight clubs have NO excuse for serving up shoddy pitches.

The Rangers skipper doesn’t understand why Ross County and Motherwell can maintain perfect playing surfaces but other clubs can’t.


Rangers captain James Tavernier was unhappy with the McDiarmid Park pitchCredit: PA

Ibrox boss Michael Beale criticized the McDiarmid Park pitch after their 1-0 Scottish Cup win over St Johnstone on Saturday.

And Tavernier said: “You look at County and Motherwell and they’ve got really good pitches to play on.

“There shouldn’t be any excuses. All the pitches should be grass.

“It’s something that needs to be done to improve the Scottish game so it looks better from the outside.”

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But Tavernier believes simply finding a way to succeed speaks volumes about Rangers’ character.

And the skipper hopes returning to Ibrox next weekend, again against Callum Davidson’s Perth Saints, will allow them to turn on the style.

He added: “You have to find different ways to win games and we are showing different ways of winning them — which is really important for us.

“If we want to be successful going forward then we need to keep it going. You try to do that the best way you can.

“This week has been a hard one with the three pitches that we played on. It feels like ages since we played at Ibrox.

“So we will try to play our style back at home next week and try to give all the fans a real good show.”

Tavernier believes his team are showing they are made of stern stuff.

He added: “It has been a tough week.

“To go to extra-time at Hampden then play on astroturf, then McDiarmid Park and to get the wins we need is really important.

“It’s character-building and we have seen good mentality from the squad.

“We are creating momentum, we need to have it and we need to sustain it now. You saw the pitch, it was obviously tough to play on.

“I expected it because earlier in the season we played on it and it wasn’t the greatest.

“I expected it to cut up really bad — which it did.

“We can’t use that as an excuse, we just need to be happy that we got the goal and the clean sheet.

“You have to try to play on the pitch the best you can and you just have to assess the situation the best you can.

“You don’t want to be playing any square balls that can be cut out and you have to be careful with back passes.

“But we are professional and used to it.

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“We are just happy that we got through to the next round.”

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