By Frank McAvennie

6th Nov, 2022 | 9:45am

Celtic news: McAvennie backs major change after Cameron Carter-Vickers injury update

Frank McAvennie has insisted Scottish football needs to get rid of plastic pitches after Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers picked up an injury against Livingston.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker insisted there shouldn’t be plastic pitches in the top Scottish league.

Carter-Vickers missed the trip to Real Madrid on Wednesday (2 November) after picking up an injury against Livingston last weekend (30 October).

As quoted by the Daily Record (1 November), Ange Postecoglou confirmed that the centre-back’s injury was a result of the artificial surface at the Tony Macaroni Arena and he did not travel for the Hoops’ final European game of the season.

Thankfully for the Celts the USA international was fit enough to return to the side for the 4-2 victory over Dundee United on Saturday (5 November).

McAvennie insisted that the top teams in Scotland should not be using plastic pitches.

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Community teams that use the pitch for everything I can understand, but they are not in the Premiership,” he told Football Insider.

When you are in the top league you have got to make it grass. Carter-Vickers is a big bloke. Anyone that has got anything wrong with them, that will pick it up. You are running on plastic.

The bounce is different, everything is different. They were around when I played and the following day our ankles were sore. Football has moved on and it should have grass when you get to the Premiership.

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