Celtic will have been set to watch developments closely at the Tony Macaroni Arena yesterday.
Livingston were due to face Aberdeen on their plastic surface. Yes, that brilliant all-weather synthetic surface they have in West Lothian.
Well, it turns out it couldn’t take a bit of rain last night. The fixture was called off for a second time, this one due to a water-logged pitch.
Livingston were originally scheduled to face the Dons on December 30th. It was postponed then due to a frozen pitch.
And as we look out of our windows today to see the snow pouring down in Glasgow once again, this is ominous for Celtic. A Celtic side due to visit that same Tony Macaroni Arena in only six days.
Celtic will be wary of yet another Tony Macaroni Arena postponement
This isn’t surprising. It pretty much sums up the disappointment we all have with artificial surfaces. For a ground that’s supposed to be an all-weather pitch, it hasn’t been able to take much cold or rain in recent weeks.
And there’s no sign of the Scottish weather getting any better. This morning’s snowy conditions are pretty much evidence of that.
Celtic really need to get these fixtures played. Should their game against Livingston next midweek be postponed, it would still leave us with three games in-hand. The trip to West Lothian is scheduled to be the first of those three games.
Of course, if it comes to that, there could be a potential opening on January 30th. Scottish Cup third-round matches were scheduled to be played on that date. However, with that competition postponed, it could allow us the opportunity to move it if need be. But my goodness we could certainly use that date to break up the games a touch.
But the lack of reliability when it comes to Livingston’s pitch is extremely frustrating. Their recent postponements won’t be the only two they have over the cold period. Especially considering the pitch was deemed playable when Aberdeen initially turned up yesterday (Sky Sports).
In any case, all we can do is hope it doesn’t come to having to rearrange fixtures once again. The last thing we need is a continued pile-up.