Michael Stewart reacts as Ryan Porteous is sent off in Rangers v Hibs
Ryan Porteous’ red card had a “huge impact” on the result as Rangers beat Hibernian 2-1 at Ibrox on Sunday, according to Michael Stewart.
Nick Walsh showed Porteous a straight red card while the Hibs were 1-0 ahead in the first half after the defender was deemed to have fouled Joe Aribo.
Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos scored after the break to seal three points for Steven Gerrard’s side and Stewart clearly feels aggrieved by the game-changing red card for Porteous.
“Ryan Porteous’ disallowed goal last year at Ibrox and the sending off today have both had a huge impact on the results,” said Stewart via his personal Twitter account on Sunday.
“Difficult for Hibs to take but a very strong side who are capable of properly challenging.”
We have to admit the red card was slightly harsh but there are good reasons as to why Walsh opted for that decision.
Yes, Porteous won the ball and he didn’t cause any kind of injury to Aribo but the Hibs defender did slightly lunge into the challenge and he did come off the ground.
There was a lot of force behind the tackle – but the tackle was successful and it didn’t really cause any harm to Aribo.
If VAR was in operation and Walsh had just sent off Porteous, we feel as though the on-field decision would have stood because it wasn’t a clear and obvious error by the referee.
It was too hard to be a yellow card but not vicious enough to be a red card in our opinion, so it was going to end up being one of the two cards that Walsh brandished.
Hibs may feel hard done by but that’s football. We get bad decisions a lot too – everyone does.
It just happens, unfortunately.