LIFE’S A Mccoist says Gers must win away – even on the plas­tic PITCH

Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By DUN­CAN MCQUEEN

ALLY McCOIST has told his play­ers they must get used to plas­tic pitches as they pre­pare for their FIFTH at­tempt to win away from Ibrox.

Rangers moved top of the Third Division ta­ble with a 2-0 home win over Queen’s Park on Satur­day – but they will prob­a­bly need to break their duck on the road to stay there.

Broad­wood is the lat­est des­ti­na­tion as Rangers look to atone for their de­feat at Stir­ling ear­lier this month.

And al­though Clyde’s pitch of­fers one of the larger ar­eas to play in the bot­tom tier, it comes with ar­ti­fi­cial turf. McCoist felt such a sur­face may have played a part in the an­kle lig­a­ment in­jury suf­fered by David Tem­ple­ton (be­low) at An­nan in Septem­ber, which is still keep­ing the winger out.

But he ap­pre­ci­ates that such sur­faces are part of the pack­age in the Third Division.

“At this level, it’s easy for me to say I’m against them be­cause of the in­jury we had to Temps,” said McCoist.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing I am against them. I don’t have my boys train­ing on them and we’ve got a cou­ple of ar­ti­fi­cial sur­faces at Mur­ray Park.

“That said, I do ap­pre­ci­ate the value they have at the Division Three clubs.

“What I’m say­ing is I would rather my team didn’t play on them.”

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