Jackie McNamara has been left fuming over the use of artificial pitches in Scotland’s top flight after Celtic lost 2-0 on Livingston’s plastic turf last weekend.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Celtic and Scotland international says he hated playing on astroturf when he was a player and says that they should have been abolished by the SPFA.
Livingston are joined by Hamilton and Kilmarnock in having a plastic pitch at their home ground, with Neil Lennon’s side struggling to adapt during their first league defeat of the season last Sunday.
McNamara says that the Bhoys’ display at Livingston was hard to judge simply because of the conditions of the pitch and says that it is a way for the Lions to even things out when the likes of Celtic visit.
Asked about the Hoops’ overall performance on Sunday, McNamara told Football Insider: “I think it’s hard to judge because of the surface. It is a leveller, if you like, in terms of ability and everything else.
“It’s something I didn’t like when I was playing, jumping from grass onto that, for me it’s something that should never be allowed.
“Unfortunately it is and every club has to deal with it and make sure they do.”
Defeat at Livingston means that the Hoops went into the current international break sitting second in the top-flight table, with Rangers leapfrogging them into first place.
The Light Blues have also only lost one game so far this season, Celtic beating Steven Gerrard’s side 2-0 in the first Old Firm clash of the campaign.