PARTICK THIS­TLE

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Partick This­tle man­ager Alan Archibald says that plas­tic pitches have no place in the Scot­tish Premier­ship, says Graeme McGarry, as he pre­pares his side for their visit to Rugby Park this week­end to take on Kil­marnock on their ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face.

While Archibald un­der­stands the rea­sons why clubs like Kil­marnock and Hamil­ton have in­stalled the sur­faces, he in­sists that it is no sub­sti­tute for real grass.

He said: “I’d rather they weren’t in the Premier­ship. I just think in the top league you want to be on grass.

“I can see why they do it. We spend thou­sands of pounds on our youth acad­emy be­cause we’re mov­ing from place to place so I can see the rea­son­ing be­hind it.”

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