Paul Hanlon has backed Ryan Porteous to bounce back from his recent sending off that will mean he misses Hibs’ Edinburgh derby this week.
The young defender was given his marching orders during a 3-0 defeat to Rangers. Goals from Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Jermain Defoe sealed an easy win for the away side.
As the game was stuck at 3-0 though, Porteous flew into a challenge with Borna Barisic. He clattered the Croatian international and was swiftly sent down the tunnel.
It means Hibs’ trip to Tynecastle will pass Porteous by. As a Hibs fans himself, this will no doubt sting for the promising defender. That heartbreak can help his development though says his more experienced Hibs pal.
Hanlon said: “He is a young, aggressive, wholehearted defender and he is obviously desperate to do well for the club. He’ll learn from it.
“The biggest disappointment is in terms of the games coming up is that he’s going to miss big games for us. These are the games he wants to play in. I’m sure through time and experience he will know when it’s right to kind of leave a bit on strikers, when to make the more aggressive tackles and when not to.
“It’s not something you want to take out his game completely as he’ll need that to kick on in his career. I’ve spoken to him and said in this day and age you can’t really tackle like that. It gives the referee a chance to show the cards. As I said before, it’s not just the outcome of this game, it’s the games we are going to miss him for.
“He has been performing well for us. He will be a big miss.”