By Doug Ward

4th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

Kevin Thomson clarifies comments on Rangers v Hibs controversy amid outrage

Kevin Thomson has clarified his comments about Ryan Porteous’ red card as Rangers beat Hibernian 2-1 at Ibrox on Sunday.

After the win took the Gers back to the top of the Premiership table, Thomson tweeted that he thought the first-half red card was “rash” as Nick Walsh sent off Porteous for a hard challenge on Joe Aribo.

That led to a number of Bears being outraged by Thomson’s tweet. One even questioned which team the former midfielder supports, claiming he praised Hibs more than Steven Gerrard’s side during his punditry duties on RangersTV on Sunday.

However, Thomson says he was saying the challenge by Porteous was rash and not the decision by Walsh.

“Lots of messages. I said it was a red, won’t change my mind,” said Thomson via his personal Twitter account after the game on Sunday.

“I meant rash tackle, not a rash sending off!

“Amazing what some people think they see or heard.

“Harsh would have been me saying not a red! Thanks for the messages.”

Clearing things up

It was a rash challenge by Porteous and thankfully, Thomson cleared up what he meant because his original tweet wasn’t very obvious.

The more you watch the Porteous challenge, the more you think, ‘yes, that was definitely a red card’.

Even Jack Ross admitted after the game that upon his first look at the incident, he didn’t think it was even a foul. However, after watching it again, he said he could see why the red card was brandished by Walsh.

Porteous has made horrible challenges like that in the past so we’re not surprised to see him at it again.

He thought he could get away with it but clearly not. He could have serious injured Aribo had he made contact and that’s enough for it to be a red card.

In other Rangers news, this ex-BBC pundit went berserk after the Porteous red card.