By Mike Slater

11th Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Keith Hackett: Hibs wasted a lot of money with Ryan Porteous red card appeal v Rangers

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive Rangers columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Keith Hackett has insisted that Hibernian wasted a lot of time and money by appealing Ryan Porteous’ red card against Rangers.

The defender was shown his marching orders with his side 1-0 to the good last week, and the Bears went on to seal an important 2-1 victory at Ibrox.

Hackett believes that all clubs can learn from this, and that employing a former referee as an advisor could help them all in situations such as this one.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Hackett said, “I think they have a right to appeal.

“I have to say from my perspective, the one thing that appears to be lacking in the process of many appeals, is that clubs don’t employ an ex-referee to advise them.

“If they’d have asked me, they would have got my opinion and that would have saved them a lot of time and a lot of money. The law is clear and the referee applied it, the referee and his team got it right.”

Shocker.

We still can’t believe this has dragged on as much as it has over the past couple of weeks, there is no question.

Porteous goes flying over the ball and only his calf scrapes the ball, but thankfully Joe Aribo avoided contact or his leg would have been easily snapped.

This isn’t the first time that he has been involved in controversy, and the SFA will not have taken long to come to their decision.

Hackett makes an interesting claim about clubs appointing ex-officials as advisors before making decisions such as this appeal – as he insisted it wouldn’t have been successful before it even happened last week.

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