Warburton: No pitch worries

Date published: Friday 16th January 2015 12:43

Warburton: No pitch worries

In the past there has been criticism from some at the Ibrox club about plastic pitches in the lower leagues.
After the last meeting between the sides at the stadium in January, which Rangers won 1-0, interim manager Kenny McDowall said: “It’s not the easiest pitch to play on… it’s really difficult actually.”
Manager Warburton, who was appointed in the summer, took his squad for a training session at Alloa’s stadium earlier in the week and, while he is no fan of synthetic surfaces, he is determined it will not become an issue.
“There will be absolutely no complaints from my squad, before, during or after the game,” said the former Brentford boss.
“We are looking forward to it. It’s a challenge, it’s part of the league. It’s what we have to do and we are relishing Sunday’s game and there will be no negativity from us.
“It is always good to get a view of the surroundings. Not just the pitch but the surroundings, the dressing rooms, the stadium, to get used to it. But I’m not a fan. I like consistency of product.
“But that is a far bigger conversation than five minutes. It is what it is. It is not an issue, it is not a negative and we are looking forward to the game.
“I understand these pitches for a financial situation but for me the consistency of product, especially the higher the leagues you go up, is really important.
“The players have trained very well, they are in good shape, they have had a strong start to the season and we look to continue that.”
Rangers new boys Dominic Ball and Nathan Oduwa could be in line to play some part of the game.
Ball, 20, a defender who can also play in midfield and 19-year-old Oduwa, a left-sided forward, joined from Tottenham on season-long loans on Thursday with Warburton set to bring in another player next week.
He said: “The loan market is of vital significance but it has to be right for both parties. A lot of work has gone into it and I am delighted that we have got them.
“The Spurs academy has been very productive and it is good for us to get linked to such clubs.”

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