Alan Hutton insists that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was right to tear into the state of the Ibrox pitch after their win over Hibernian.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender said the surface was shocking during his old side’s 2-1 victory.
Gerrard, speaking after the game, said the pitch in Glasgow was “awful” and that the club were trying to find a solution to the problem.
Having watched George Edmondson and Ianis Hagi net to give the Light Blues all three points on Wednesday night, Hutton echoed the manager’s views about the state of the playing conditions at Ibrox.
“To be honest, it was (awful). When I was watching it I was thinking: ‘This pitch looks shocking’,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“To be fair it was, I know it’s difficult up there with the weather and things, obviously Gerrard is used to playing on lawn greens week in, week out no matter the time of the year.
“He wants his team to play football, that’s the thing. It’s difficult to play on pitches that are all cut up, especially when he wants fast, flowing football, everybody on the front foot. It actually gives other teams a chance, it doesn’t let Rangers play football the way they want to.
“I think that’s where he’s annoyed with, playing at home should be the advantage. It’s difficult for the groundsmen, especially with the weather but I can understand his frustration.”
Rangers have won 10, drawn one and lost one of their 12 home games this season, that defeat coming to Celtic at the start of September.
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