Rangers’ Scottish Cup tie at Cowdenbeath postponed

The Central Park pitch hours earlier than kick-off

Cowdenbeath director Tom Ewing believes their Central Park pitch changed into playable, regardless of their Scottish Cup tie against Rangers being postponed.

Friday’s fourth-round match changed into known as off thanks to a frozen pitch after an inspection by a local referee three hours earlier than it changed into because of originate.

“The referee’s made his chance and we gain bought to abide by that, nevertheless we are massively disappointed,” Ewing stated.

“We did not name the referee in. We felt the pitch changed into comely.”

Cowdenbeath manager Gary Bollan added: “The chance changed into taken there and then. Come kick-off time, I disclose it may perchance well probably perhaps well had been playable.

“If it changed into Berwick Rangers, the sport would gain gone ahead in my scheme.”

The four,300-capacity flooring changed into sold out for a match because of be shown are residing on TV, with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers taking part within the first game after the Premiership’s winter damage.

Cowdenbeath felt they’d performed ample to make certain there changed into no postponement – nevertheless the sport will now be performed on Wednesday, 30 January.

Volunteers helped the League Two membership lay maintaining covers over the taking part in surface on Wednesday, and they had been removed on the day of the match.

The Scottish FA stated it changed into their chance to name the pitch inspection.

“We had been assured that the pitch changed into magnificent,” Ewing told BBC Scotland. “One of the major crucial Rangers workers arrived and the next factor there had been discussions with the SFA and they major to ship the referee along.

“It’s their game and we gain bought to abide by that. It changed into a local referee that changed into known as interior and exterior our ogle it changed into finest a precaution.

“We performed within the Betfred Cup a pair of video games right here after a lengthy, dry summer season and I’d absolutely articulate the pitch changed into more difficult then that it is now.”

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