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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 October, 2004, 20:39 GMT 21:39 UK
Boumsong dubs pitch 'dangerous'
Rangers defender Jean-Alain Boumsong
Boumsong says he will have to change his technique
Rangers defender Jean-Alain Boumsong has branded Dunfermline Athletic's artificial pitch a danger to players.

Boumsong's side travel to East End Park on Wednesday and he cannot believe the experimental surface was allowed.

"This is the Scottish Premier League so, for me, it is unbelievable to allow that kind of pitch and I think it is dangerous for players," he said.

"We can't do anything about that now, so we will go there and play and focus on the result. That's what we have to."

Dunfermline received cash from Uefa to try out the experimental surface, but it has been criticised by a number of opposing players.

Now Rangers are the visitors and Boumsong's side cannot afford more drop points after Saturday's draw at home to Dundee United left them seven points adrift of Glasgow rivals and reigning champions Celtic.

"We will not care about the pitch," promised the French international.

"I am sure it is not easy for them either.

"I have only played on plastic pitches in friendly games when the winter was very, very cold and we were not able to play on the normal pitch.

"This is the first time I will play an official game on an artificial pitch.

"When we play on that type of surface, we have to use a different technique to stop the strikers, so I think that the tackles will not be the good solution so we will have to think of other things."

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