Steven Gerrard fuming with Ryan Porteous' tackle on Rangers man Joe Aribo
Steven Gerrard has slammed Ryan Porteous for his potential leg-breaking challenge on Joe Aribo during the Rangers game on Sunday.
Hibernian were actually winning 1-0 when Porteous flew into a tackle on Aribo and, luckily, made very little contact, or Aribo could have been in a world of trouble [BBC Sportscene, 03/10/2021 05:00].
Instead, the Hibs man was sent off, and the Gers went on to win 2-1, but Gerrard was not happy with the centre-back.
Speaking in his post-match press conference [Scottish Sun], he said: “It’s a wild tackle – it’s a leg-breaking tackle if he catches him.
“There is no defending a tackle like that because the speed of it, the height of it and the force doesn’t belong on a football pitch.
“I have had to learn over the years myself as a player to learn from those types of moments of madness. So hopefully, the kid learns.”
Brutal verdict and challenge.
Gerrard has torn into Porteous here and has questioned if he is learning from his mistakes, which is pretty brutal.
However, his tackle was also brutal, and Aribo was lucky that very little contact was made, or he could have been in serious trouble.
Clearly, the red card was the right decision, and it was an immature thing to do as Hibs were winning and were looking relatively comfortable.
However, you have to give the Gers enormous credit for digging in and making the most of Porteous’ error.
This could prove to be a big win in the context of the title race after Hearts and Celtic won at the weekend as well.
In the end, we are just pleased that Aribo is fine and the Bears won to move to the top of the table, heading into the latest international break, which is always good.
In other Rangers news, Jordan Campbell provides his view on the Hibernian game.