Levein: Proposed rule on length of grass was 'crazy'
The Hearts boss said grass on the Tynecastle pitch looks long ahead of Celtic visit.
Hearts boss Craig Levein has dismissed a proposal to bring in league rules on the length of grass as "crazy" after a proposal to regulate pitches was defeated at an SPFL meeting.
The subject made headlines last season when Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers complained the grass was too long in his side's match against Hearts.
Rodgers said the pitch was "embarrassing", prompting Levein to respond that the Celtic manager could "bleat and moan all he wants, it will be the same again next season".
A new pitch has been laid at Tynecastle and during his pre-match media conference ahead of Celtic's visit on Saturday, Levein was asked about the condition of the grass.
He said: "It's a bit long just now, that's all I can say."
The manager then criticised the defeated rule proposal, saying groundsmen had to be given freedom to treat their pitch as they saw fit.
"There is a genuine issue, particularly on the likes of our own park this summer," he said. "We spent a lot of money to re-seed it and do a hell of a lot of work on it.
"And when the grass is young, as ours is, then sometimes you need to have length in the grass to protect it.
"So I think it's crazy to dictate to the groundsmen what length the grass should be when they are doing their best to protect the club and their pitch."