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Quashie voices concern over shocking Lithuania pitch

Scotland midfielder Nigel Quashie has added to the criticism about the pitch at the St Darius and St Girenas Stadium ahead of tonight's Euro 2008 qualifier against Lithuania.

The Scottish Football Association voiced their concern to UEFA English delegate Alan Hutchings after a training session 24 hours before the second Group B match of the qualifying campaign.

Quashie said: 'It's the worst pitch I've seen in my Scotland career. I am shocked by the state of it.

'What guts me the most is that when we invite teams to Scotland they play in bowling green conditions, but we have come here to play on a speedway track.'

Scotland manager Walter Smith was a little more restrained in his criticism of the playing surface.

'Yes, the pitch is in poor condition, but we hope that the Lithuanian authorities will have it rolled before the game,' he said.

A spokesman for the SFA said: 'We are not looking to make any excuses but Walter Smith is shocked at the state of the pitch. We had a training session on it and it was badly rutted.

'We informed the UEFA delegate Alan Hutchings from England about it, so he is aware of our concerns.

'There is no danger of the match being called off but the pitch is in poor condition and is badly rutted.

'However, there is still time for the Lithuanian FA to work on the pitch, perhaps flatten it with a roller and cut the grass, but at this moment in time it is not in good condition.'