Brendan Rodgers has not had the easiest return to Scottish football as Celtic manager. The Northern Irishman had been perfect in domestic competitions in his first stint in the Parkhead hot seat, winning all seven trophies his team competed for. That run ended quickly this time around, as they were knocked out of the League Cup in the second round itself.
That result came away at the artificial surface at Rugby Park. Celtic lost 1-0 to Kilmarnock on the day, thanks to a goal from Marley Watkins.
Playing surfaces have been a topic of discussion in Scottish football lately. As reported by the Daily Record, plastic pitches could be banned in the Premiership before the start of next season. Neil Doncaster has headed talks around banning all synthetic surfaces from the top division. Further talks around the matter are scheduled.
Of course, such a rule change would be a welcome one for Celtic. It is never easy to play away on artificial pitches and it raises the risk of injuries as well.
Celtic boss Rodgers supports possible rule change
It remains to be seen if the rule change takes place or not. As reported by BBC, Rodgers said about the matter:
"The sooner that is the possibility up here then the better it would be for everyone.
“It's a constant conversation. It's clear that every coach would want to play, I'm pretty sure, on a grass pitch."
Rodgers recognises that it could be difficult for some teams. But at the same time, he believes that a certain standard should be maintained as he added:
"I understand the economics of it all and what it would mean for some clubs.
“But there should be a certain level or a certain standard of which every team, if you are playing in the top flight, should have a grass pitch."
It remains to be seen if artificial pitches end up getting banned from the Premiership or not. If they do, then it would certainly be a boost for Celtic in more ways than one.
At the same time though, if things do not change, nobody would be losing sleep over it. The Hoops have been winning trophies left, right and centre while playing on articificial pitches for so many years.