Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has called for plastic pitches to be outlawed in professional football after seeing Jamie Murphy carried off at Rugby Park. The winger, signed permanently from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer, crumpled to the synthetic turf early in Gers’ 3-1 Betfred Cup win over Kilmarnock.
His left knee appeared to twist and buckle on the artificial grass and while Gerrard was careful not to point the finger of blame at the pitch, he made it clear his belief that 4G surfaces have no place in the top level of the game. And Gerrard expressed his only concern is for the 28-year-old.
“Jamie’s sad, he’s upset, I think he’s fearing the worst,” he said. “We’re devastated.
“That’s the only downer for us today. We’re going away on the back of a fantastic victory but it’s come at a cost because Jamie looks like he’ll be missing for quite a while.
“But my opinion is elite football shouldn’t have any plastic pitches.” “I don’t think it’s the first time Rangers have had that type of injury here, I think Waghorn suffered a couple of years back. “But look, let’s just wait and see. I don’t want to dive in too quick, we’ll wait and see what the examinations say but we’re all fearing the worst.”
Murphy is not the first Gers player to suffer on Killie’s pitch. Former Light Blues forward Martyn Waghorn was ruled out for two months after he was left with “abrasions” during a clash back in February 2016. Gerrard added: “We’re dealing with elite footballers, who earn an awful lot of money, and I think for every club worldwide it’s safer to have a grass pitch. “We’ll have to wait and see. I think if you ask Jamie right now he’ll say it was a pitch incident.