By Nick Ware

4th Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Keith Hackett: Ryan Porteous deserved red card v Rangers

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive Rangers columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Keith Hackett believes the right decision was made after Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous was sent off against Rangers on Sunday.

Rangers won the Premiership encounter 2-1 after second-half goals from Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos cancelled out Kevin Nisbet’s early opener.

The big turning point in the match came in the 30th minute when Porteous was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Nigeria international Joe Aribo.

HibsTV pundit Tam McManus wrote via his personal Twitter profile it was an “absolutely disgraceful decision”

Former FIFA official Hackett, who refereed in the Premier League, disagreed, however, and waxed lyrical of the man with the whistle at Ibrox, Nick Walsh.

“It doesn’t matter that he’s missed the ball, he’s wiped him out,” Hackett told Ibrox News.

“[It’s a] Good decision. I think generally those types of challenges have to be outlawed. It was excessive force, he’s out of control and he has endangered the safety of his opponent. Everything applies to it.

“The thing I really like is the way in which the referee didn’t hesitate, he was in a good position and I think his positivity at taking action immediately reduced any risk of a mass confrontation.”

A win for Rangers ensures they sit one point clear at the top of the table heading into the international break, while Hibs are now four points behind after Sunday’s setback.

In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has accused this Gers player of shirking his responsibilities against Hibernian.