Tam McManus explains Ryan Porteous red card decision in Rangers v Hibs
Rangers won 2-1 against Hibernian at Ibrox to move to the top of the SPFL table on Sunday.
Popular football pundit Tam McManus has explained why Nick Walsh has brandished a red card to Ryan Porteous and suggested that it was a poor decision from him.
Porteous was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Joe Aribo in the first half of the match, and McManus was far from happy with the decision.
Hibs are looking to launch an appeal against the red card but McManus feels they have blown any chance of getting it overturned.
He further adds that referee Nick Walsh “overreacted” because he sent Porteous off in a previous game at Easter Road for a poor challenge on Borna Barisic.
He told the Daily Record. : “People are saying he went in at pace but how else was he meant to go in? Did they want him to jog into the tackle? So that’s the first point.
“But in my opinion, Nick Walsh overreacted because of what went on when he sent Porteous off in a previous game at Easter Road for a terrible foul on Barisic. Now that one was a shocker, a definite red.
“He went in to win the ball and do Barisic at the same time. I don’t think this one was anywhere near as bad. He went in to win the ball and his foot was a fraction high.
“So it was harsh. I’ve watched three or four angles and in a couple of them it doesn’t look like a foul at all. There is another angle from behind the goal that does look bad.
“But the ref didn’t have all those views – he only had his own – and I don’t think he can give that as a red card.”
Hibs have launched an appeal against the red card, but they may not be successful in their attempt.
Jack Ross should have pressed on the issue after the game and made a strong case for the defender. Instead, he said he could understand why it was given.
The red card killed the competition as it allowed Rangers to get back into the game. The Gers came from behind to score twice in the second half, with goals coming from Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos.
The red card was probably harsh as despite the lunging motion he won the ball. It will be interesting to see if the red card is rescinded, but the SFA could point out that Ross didn’t make a case immediately after the game.
Rangers will face second-placed Hearts in the SPL after the international break, while Hibs have some important games coming up against Aberdeen and Celtic.