Celtic InterviewsAuthor: Brian Duncan Date: Thursday, 12th Feb 2004
Martin O`Neill gives his personal view and says he dislikes the surface at East End Park. Scott Thomson also gives his opinion of the game against Celtic.
O`Neill implies that the surface was like an ice-rink on Wednesday evening. The middle of winter and the playing surface is the best in Scotland for this time of year. Pars fans have seen much worse. If it had been frosty the night before then the surface (whether grass or plastic) would have been much worse and the fans got an entertaining game.
Yes, Martin its your own viewpoint, but it seemed to me that the standard of play for a mid-winter game was excellent. We want more surfaces like this in Scotland to help improve the quality of play. Yes, admittedly there will have to be a different way of playing, but the overall standard of play on a consistent surface will help Scottish Football over the years.
We have to wait and see whether we qualify for Europe and whether UEFA allow a European tie to be played on it. I bleieve that one has already been played this season, but if UEFA rule against it then why did they suggest using it in the first place ?
Crawford went out of play and nearly fell over because of the `tar` surface at the edge of the park, he didn`t want to fall on it and he came off very unceremoniously, not because of the grass. The tar has been discussed before and it was due to be replaced by a soft surface.
A question for you Mr O`Neill - Would you prefer to play on a wet, muddy and rutted pitch or a frozen, solid and sandy pitch ?
Scott says that he was disappointed with the revelations after the game at Clyde and the subsequent meeting on Sunday morning. Hopefully we can all pull together, he says.