Jack Ross says that whilst he won’t be giving Ryan Porteous a stern talking to, he certainly won’t be complaining about his young Hibs defender getting sent off during the defeat to Rangers.
The Hibees went down 3-0 to Rangers at Easter Road. Goals from Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Jermain Defoe sealed a win for the Gers. Hibs are joint-sixth following this result.
With the game all but lost at 3-0, the red mist descended for Porteous. He clattered into Borna Barisic and was swiftly sent down the tunnel.
It’ll be a blow for Ross and the diehard Hibee himself. Porteous’ challenge means that he will miss Thursday’s huge Boxing Day clash with Hearts at Tynecastle.
For Ross though, he’ll have no complaints over why that’s the case, whilst also detailing that he didn’t catch the stramash that occurred between the two benches following this incident: “I have watched it again and it’s fine, it’s a red card. The pace Ryan goes in at and he goes in high.
“It’s an error of judgement from him but I am not going to hang him out to dry because he is a young man. People say young men make mistakes. You make mistakes all through your life and your career.
“It’s how you react and learn from them, that will be the key thing for Ryan. It’s about how he reacts because it obviously left us in an even more difficult position in the game.
“I like him a lot. It’s not brushing it under the carpet. I’ve spoken to him and will do again. It’s about how he learns from it.
“I was only aware of what happened on the touchline as it was starting to get broken up. What I would say is there’s a lot of emotion in football all the time. I would guess that one member of staff was protecting their player and the other does the same. No issues with that, it happens all the time.”