By Jack Cunningham

18th Oct, 2021 | 12:54pm

Stephen Kingsley discusses the incident with Rangers man Bacuna

Hearts defender Stephen Kingsley has opened up on his altercation with Rangers man Juninho Bacuna on Saturday.

The new signing from Huddersfield Town appeared to grab Kingsley by the throat, and the Hearts man reacted before Don Robertson calmed everything down and booked both players.

However, you could argue that Bacuna was lucky to stay on the pitch but fair play to Kingsley because he holds nothing against the Gers man.

Speaking to the Glasgow Times, he said: “It was just in the heat of the moment.

“It was just emotion, one of those things. I was surprised when it happened at first, but I just got on with it. You get on with it, and I was just so happy that soon after that, we managed to get an equaliser.”

Kingsley holds no grudge.

The incident happened near the end of the game with the Gers holding onto a one-goal lead, and it just seemed like things got a bit heated.

However, you can’t raise a hand to an opponent, and you have to say that Bacuna was a lucky boy to remain on the pitch and get away with just a yellow [BBC Sportscene].

Kingsley seems to be fine with what happened, but we wonder if he would have had a different view had the away side not grabbed a late equaliser?

The game probably should have been out of sight, but if you don’t finish teams off at any level, then there is always the risk of them snatching a goal, and that was what happened.

The important thing is that the Gers are still at the top, but they need to start finishing teams off when they are on top and dominating the game.

In other Rangers news, Keith Hackett has his say on Joe Aribo’s tackle.