After his red card against Kilmarnock in the League Cup, Hibs man Ryan Porteous may miss upcoming matches with Celtic.
A penalty shootout victory over Killie secured the Easter Road side’s place in the League Cup semi-final, where they will meet holders Celtic.
With two minutes to go though, Porteous was given his marching orders after a crunching tackle on Liam Millar.
His actions not only mean he misses November’s League Cup semi-final, but Saturday’s Celtic clash too.
Suspension guidelines means Porteous will likely miss Celtic matches
According to the SFA’s suspension guidelines, any tackle deemed violent conduct or serious foul play is an automatic two-game ban.
For Porteous, that should mean he misses Saturday’s Celtic visit, as well as November’s League Cup bout.
Because he was sent off in the League Cup, he should miss one game in that competition as well as the league. It’s a big blow for Hibs as they have only just got the 20-year-old back from injury.
The guidelines have snookered him a bit. Had it been a last-man challenge, foul language or two bookings he was sent off for, Porteous wouldn’t have been missing this weekend. Instead, it would just be the date at Hampden.
It gives Paul Heckingbottom a bit of a problem as now he’ll need to field Adam Jackson against the Hoops, who hasn’t featured for three games. They are in menacing form too, scoring 51 goals in 17 games this term.
Porteous’ miss may be a big one for Hibs if things don’t go their way against their former boss Neil Lennon.