Brendan Rodgers has voiced his opinion on what he expects to improve in Scotland. This is in the aspect of football pitch. The Celtic manager has call for long term investment on the turf in which players play and train.
This according to him will help improve the quality of football played in the country. This will put the Scottish clubs in the level of other top European countries in future.
Celtic is the first to take the initiative as the club started a part of its Parkhead pitch to transform it to hybrid pitch which will be ready by the end of the season. This will cost the Celtic management around £1.5m to achieve but the benefit outweighs the fee.
The desso surface is what Rodgers want every team in the league to adopt. He also advocates that if this is done and entrenched into the developmental stage of the players from from the young age, it will be a great boost to the kind of players they become.
“I’ve seen a lot of young Scottish footballers since I’ve been up here and they’ve always got to be sure of their first touch,” said the Celtic manager. “They have to take a touch, why? Because the pitches are poor. They don’t learn to play quickly, it’s difficult for them to play one touch because they are always fighting with the ball.”
Rodgers believes that Celtic will set the standard in Scottish football when their pitch is ready and will determine how the game should be played. The Parkhead side will be ready by the end of the season. He also claim it will improve the way his team play. This is very important for the club as the Champions league play off approaches.
Will other teams in the Scottish league take this initiative and improve their pitch? It is still left to be seen. On a general level, it will not come that easy for every team to adopt the system.
But as time goes on more team transform into the desso turf and help their players improve to the standard in England and other top footballing countries in Europe.