Yesterday, Steven Gerrard confirmed in his press conference that Jamie Murphy is looking likely to miss the rest of the season after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Kilmarnock on Sunday and the fans are blaming the artificial pitch for the setback.
SG: Sad news for Jamie Murphy as he will be missing for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 22 August 2018
The game against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park ended prematurely for Murphy as he had to be stretchered off just 17 minutes into the match and it now seems that the injury is as bad as they feared and the 28-year-old will miss the rest of the season. Jamie Murphy signed for the club permanently in the summer after spending the second half of last season on loan at Ibrox and he’ll have an even longer wait before playing a full season for the club now.
The news is obviously devastating for the fans who had big hopes that Murphy was going to help them towards having a successful season this year. That won’t be the case now and frustration is beginning to turn into anger as The Gers fume at Kilmarnock for being unable to provide a grass playing pitch. This isn’t the first time that Rangers have been left in a bad position by the pitch at Rugby Park as Martyn Waghorn suffered an injury their back in 2016 and the supporters believe that neither Waghorn’s nor Murphy’s injuries would have been as severe had the game been on grass.
You can read the Bluenoses’ verdict on Murphy’s injury here:
So sad. Look forward to him getting back.
— Angeblue (@AngeBlue55) August 22, 2018
Clubs like @KilmarnockFC should be fined and ordered to compensate teams who lose players due to picking up injuries from their failure to have a professional grade grass pitch… play in the top league, act like it then
— LoganRFC1872 (@j4ff41989) 22 August 2018
@Jamiemurphy89 all the best with the recovery man, it’s hard right now but keep your head up and we will see you next season!
— Nathan (@Nath_RFC) August 22, 2018
Devastated for @Jamiemurphy89 wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Stay positive
— Douglas Kinnear (@Dougiek85) 22 August 2018
Pish news tbh need to scrap these artificial parks in the top flight atleast
— Ernest boundy (@ernest_boundy) August 22, 2018
Time to get rid of plastic pitches for good!
— Laura De Leon (@Dougslar) 22 August 2018
They pitches are going to ruin a career Absoloute joke.
— Scotty T (@ScottyTrfc) August 22, 2018
The Gers are gutted for their man and fuming with the way it was allowed to happen by playing on an artificial pitch and they won’t let up until something is done to prevent further injuries.