Kilmarnock boss, Steve Clarke is not taking lightly the jibe of Brendan Rodgers regarding their pitch during the Hoops 1-0 loss last weekend. He claimed that Celtic boss is looking for an excuse after his side has won the game in order to change the subject matter from what really happened in the game.
Rodgers had earlier insisted that the pitch at Rugby Park was sinking his players which affected their game and the flow of the ball however Steve Clark replied that it was his players who were really sinking their opponents not the pitch.
Only a few weeks ago when Rodgers was lamenting about the poor state of pitches in the country and here lays a perfect excuse once again after their 1-0 defeat. Kilmarnock has recently been in good form and their win against Celtic did not come as a surprise to some despite the pedigree of the visitors.
Clarke said as quoted by Daily Record: “I don’t understand the controversy because the pitch has been there all season. No one was complaining too much about it when all the teams were coming down here to Rugby Park and taking away a point or three points.”
The board of Kilmarnock have also waded into the pitch saga and have insisted that the pitch will remain the same for at least till the end of the season. This is a decision that has been taken and any complaint from Rodgers won’t bring about any change at this point in time.
Celtic suffered their second domestic defeat this season in the game and will hope it’s their last of the season. They are still on course for a domestic treble however having an improved record than last season means alot to Rodgers.
With Europa league tie with Zenit St. Petersburg this Thursday mean that the Hoops will have lot on their hands and a win is important especially at the Celtic Park before they travel to Russia for the return fixture in a week’s time if they are ti progress into the next phase of the competition.