Doubt hovers over game

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Perth Glory chief executive Paul Kelly is 90 percent certain Saturday's clash with Celtic will go ahead, despite nib Stadium management calling in helicopters to dry out a sodden pitch that's still unsafe to play on.

Recent heavy downpours in Perth have badly affected the nib Stadium playing surface putting the high-profile clash with the Scottish club in jeopardy.

Although a multi-million dollar redevelopment is scheduled to occur over the next 18 months, nib Stadium's current drainage is particularly poor and the playing surface is still being affected by an extremely high level of water just below the ground.

The playing surface was virtually a lake when South Sydney played the Broncos at the venue on June 24 following a record-breaking downpour in Perth and according to stadium management, that water has simply sunk below the surface.

With the weather clearing up, Allia Venue Management have been using industrial fans to dry the surface and even brought in two helicopters on Wednesday morning, which hovered over the pitch for at least two hours.

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