Hearts full-back Marcus Godinho has revealed that he is not a fan of artificial pitches.
PFA Scotland chairman Liam Craig told BBC Sport that removing the surface would ‘have a positive impact’ on Scottish football and Godinho agrees.
Godinho disclosed that he didn’t play against Kilmarnock on their artificial pitch in Hearts’ recent 2-1 victory.
“I feel it’s too soon to risk it on astro, so we thought it was better to leave the game” he told BT Sport.
““I’ve had knee problems and playing on the astro pitch, I notice a massive difference. Whether it be five or 10 minutes just training on it, I can feel it right away.”
Godinho’s comments really should be a game-changer on the artificial pitch debate. It’s not right that players are missing games as they concerned about picking up injuries on the surface.
The teams who have the plastic pitches seemed determined to keep them however.
Livingston boss Gary Holt claimed that ‘there are bigger problems in Scottish football‘ than artificial pitches.
Holt is correct about that, there are more significant problems than plastic pitches. But it is an issue that doesn’t seem to be going away.
To come to some sort of resolution to the debate, the SFA may have to get involved. But it doesn’t look like plastic pitches are going away any time soon.