By Mike Slater

5th Oct, 2021 | 12:45pm

Michael Stewart hits out at Ryan Porteous-Rangers conspiracy

Rangers 2-1 win over Hibernian over the weekend is still a huge talking point in the media, but not because of the goals or results.

Tempers flared in the first half at Ibrox as Ryan Porteous was shown his marching orders for that challenge on Joe Aribo.

Michael Stewart usually isn’t far away from commenting on controversy, and he has hit out at claims of a conspiracy between all parties.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Stewart did admit it wasn’t the worst decision he had ever seen from Nick Walsh.

“The whole Porteous red card story has grown arms and legs,” he wrote.

“I don’t think trying to claim some sort of conspiracy does anyone any favours here. It wasn’t a horrific decision from Nick Walsh. I don’t agree with the red card but not sure this time it points to a deeper issue.”

Conspiracy?

This isn’t the first incident between Porteous and a member of Rangers squad, and it has been a long-standing rivalry.

Alfredo Morelos was deemed to have stamped on the defender at Easter Road last season, and the Hibs man also got his own back at Ibrox.

To say that had any sway on the decision of Walsh is ludicrous though, and simply brings his credibility into the picture.

Porteous may not have made contact, but he was reckless once again and went well over the ball rather than making a clear choice to play it.

Scottish officiating has always been under the microscope, but would VAR have intervened and labelled this a clear and obvious error? We don’t think so – there can’t be any complaints.

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