Celtic’s winning ways continued with a 1-0 win at Hamilton to extend their 100 per cent start to the season.
The Fountain of Youth Stadium as it’s called these days looks like a Subbuteo ground you got bored of building, with its plastic pitch and one end missing altogether.
Celtic started well and looked like they were going to tear Hamilton’s dreary brand of football apart, but James Forrest’s early strike proved to be the only goal of the game.
Just as important as the three points is getting off these fake pitches with all the players in one piece.
Ajer gave us all a bit of a fright and a head knock waylaid Jullien for almost five minutes, but Neil Lennon said afterwards that they were both alright.
With Scotland asking itself some searching questions in the wake of two Hampden drubbings during the international break, one answer to its diminishing stature can surely be found in the playing surfaces in the top league.
With Celtic having to play almost a sixth of our games on garbage like this, as well as Craig Levein growing the grass at Tynecastle as a ‘leveller’, maybe it’s time to for the authorities to demand a certain standard in the top flight.
You wouldn’t get a snooker player turning up at the Crucible to find the playing surface isn’t baize, or a tennis player being asked to use a beach ball at Wimbledon. A decent football pitch is surely fundamental for the sport to flourish, a sport that isn’t particularly cheap to watch.
Talking of Levein, his Hearts team sit bottom of the league with two measly points for their efforts so far, with Motherwell winning 3-2 in Edinburgh to go third. Normal service resumed for the wisecracking Gorgie boss.
Their fans are raging, which is always good.
Talking of raging, Ibrox enjoyed ‘armed forces day’, when they get quintessentialled out their nut.
The whole thing is second in bizarreness to the creepy loving cup New Year ceremony. Their dry land Dunkirk reenactment when Jonny Hayes scored the other week was impressive all the same.
The last post was sounded early for “£7million man” Ryan Kent, who left the pitch greeting. His tearful exit will no doubt have embarrassed the top brass and he’ll be doing press-ups in a muddy puddle into Steven Gerrard’s sweaty socks as punishment.
He’ll be out for a “few weeks” confirmed Gerrard. Who will the manager blame for this with Steve Clarke unavailable for his ire?
Rangers came from behind to beat the traditional 10-man opposition and sit top of the ‘best of the rest’ league.
Aberdeen slipped into fourth place after drawing 1-1 with St Johnstone. There will have been a power of moaning done, from Tommy Wright in particular because the Saints had a penalty rescinded. Although Derek McInnes just likes moaning.
Kilmarnock’s climbed into sixth with a 2-0 win over Hibs, who sit a mere two points above their nasty neighbours. Ross County chalked up their second win of the season, with a 2-1 victory over St Mirren.