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Jeremy Toljan doesn’t like “plastic pitches”

PERTH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Jeremy Toljan of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on February 3, 2019 in Perth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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The footballer says professional players should play in professional pitches, not in a plastic field like the one at Rugby Park.

German right-back Jeremy Toljan is used to the best fields in the world.

The former Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund player was used to the best fields in the German Bundesliga.

Now, he’s been loaned out to Celtic in the Scottish Premier League and he will take part of Sunday’s match against Kilmarnock, which is played in the artificial surface of the Rugby Park.

“I haven’t heard much about the pitch. We only started focusing on the Kilmarnock game after Thursday night’s Valencia match,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ve played on astro before, so it’s nothing new for me.”

“But in Germany, we don’t play on these kinds of pitches and I think it’s better if we play on natural grass,” he added.

“For me, it’s better. It’s better for the players’ bodies and the quality of the game is better on normal grass.”

“I’m a bit surprised to see so many clubs use the astro in Scotland because I think we have the conditions to have real grass here, so we could change that easy,” he commented.

“Football is a player’s game so if the players say it’s better to play on grass pitches then we should do it.”

“I’m here and focused on playing right now. I’m not thinking about the future,” he continued.

“I like it here. I’m playing at the moment so I’m happy. It was a difficult time for me at Dortmund but now I’m playing, so I’m just looking forward.”

“I cannot talk about (what happens at the end of the season) as I have three more years on my Dortmund contract.”

“The atmosphere here is crazy but the atmosphere in Dortmund is also very good, so we’ll see. The atmospheres are different but both very good, very supportive and loud,” he explained.

“It was a disappointing result on Thursday. To lose 2-0 at home is a bad result for us.”

“But it hasn’t spoiled the mood for me. We cannot win every game and Valencia are a good side. I don’t know much about Kilmarnock right now but hopefully, we can respond positively on Sunday,” Toljan concluded.