By Adefunmiloye Alani

10th Oct, 2021 | 10:10am

Davie Provan: Gerrard should have spoken the truth about Roofe’s challenge on Davidson

Davie Provan agrees with Steven Gerrard that Ryan Porteous’s challenge on Joe Aribo in Rangers win against Hibs was a leg-breaker.

However, the Sky Sports pundit insists the comments would have carried more weight had the Bears boss not minced words when Kemar Roofe produced a similar challenge on Murray Davidson last February.

The Rangers striker was handed a two-game ban after the game once officials noticed the extent of the tackle, but Gerrard said he did not think too much of it because he thought the referee dealt with it by handing the player a yellow card [The Scottish Sun].

The Ibrox manager was fuming after Aribo was at the end of a similar tackle, and Provan has questioned him.

He told The Scottish Sun: “Steven Gerrard’s reaction to Porteous’s challenge was bang on.

“Reminding us of two previous dubious Porteous tackles on Borna Barisic and Lassana Coulibaly, he said: “It’s a leg-breaking tackle if he catches Aribo.

“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.”

“Spot on Steven, but your assessment would have carried more weight if you’d been equally accurate on Kemar Roofe’s challenge on Murray Davidson last February.”

Tricky

Gerrard will always support his players first, and it is only normal for him to be slightly sentimental in his assessment.

Roofe was punished for that tackle retrospectively, and deservedly so.

Porteous was sent off for his challenge, and Hibs have lost their appeal, and that is where it should end.

However, Provan was not going to let go of an opportunity to remind the Rangers boss of his comments on a similar incidence, and that is fair enough.

Gerrard will always be held accountable for anything he says, and maybe he should not have attempted to defend his striker.

Understandably, that would always happen as he remains loyal to his men.

Having VAR will help clear things up next time, and it appears the technology could be implemented in the Premiership very soon.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has taken swipe at Bears as SFA make VAR decision.