By Nick Ware

17th Oct, 2021 | 9:10am

Michael Stewart hits out at 'ironic' Joe Aribo defence after Rangers 1-1 draw v Hearts

Michael Stewart has issued a thinly-veiled dig at Rangers after Joe Aribo’s yellow card against Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday.

Aribo, 25, was cautioned in the first half of the 1-1 draw in Glasgow as Craig Halkett scored a 90th-minute equaliser to cancel out John Lundstram’s strike.

The Nigeria international’s foul caused consternation on social media with comparisons made to the red card Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous received against the Gers at the beginning of the month.

BBC pundit Stewart initially branded Aribo “fortunate” for only seeing yellow on Saturday, and on Sunday morning he took issue with that he deemed to be irony from the Hibs clash.

“It’s a little ironic seeing some who screamed about Porteous being a vicious red card but now having to defending this tackle,” Stewart wrote via his personal Twitter profile.

Reckless?

Aribo’s challenge did not appear to be aggressive, but it was still a poor attempt to rescue his initial touch.

He was high and late on his opponent, and he may well feel fortunate not to receive a red card.

However, was it comparable to the one made by Porteous on him earlier in October?

Probably not.

There was a lot more power in Porteous’ challenge while there was a degree of premeditation about it as he seized Aribo up from a distance.

On Saturday, however, Aribo’s was a snap decision as he immediately set about correcting his bad control after an unhelpful ball into him.

It wasn’t pretty, and the Gers were perhaps lucky that the referee showed a degree of leniency at Ibrox, but comparing it to Porteous feel a tad strong.

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