Gerrard blames pitch for Murphys injury

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has blamed the artificial pitch for the injury picked up by Jamie Murphy.The former Liverpool captain insists the artificial pitch used at Kilmarnock has ensured his player picks up a season-ending injury.Gerrard revealed his disappointment at losing the player after he started to show signs of progress at the Ibrox and the manager would be forced into the transfer market to get a replacement.Asked if the injury would have happened on grass, Gerrard said: “Probably not, although I’m no expert in how injuries happen or their cause. According to Daily Record.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”“I’m bitterly disappointed as the manager of this club because we lose a top player now for the rest of the season.”“We will make sure he sees the right specialists and gets the job done properly. As a team we will rally round him.”“He’s here for the long term. He now has an opportunity to work on his whole body and make sure he comes back really strong. I’m not going to try and play it down. It’s a big blow for us.”last_img