Ryan Porteous has come in for praise from the likes of Manchester United star Juan Mata after the Hibs defender joined Common Goal.
The Hibees academy product will be a trailblazer for the SPFL, becoming the first Scottish Premiership player to join the Manchester United man’s worthy pledge that benefits several good causes.
Back in 2017, Mata pledged to give 1% of his Old Trafford wages to the Common Goal cause. Now several players are involved with the pledge, including the likes of Chelsea striker Timo Werner and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Porteous heard of the cause through Scotland Women’s and Manchester City forward Caroline Weir as she signed up to the cause that provides support to the Women’s game and beyond.
Hibs’ centre-back has explained why he’s joining Common Goal: “I have just been with the senior Scotland team, a very proud moment for me, but we can’t lose sight of what is happening around us and the need for collective action is clearer than ever.
“I am excited to join the Common Goal team and help empower girls to have the chance to realise any goal they may have in football and in life. It’s great to be the first Scottish Premiership player and I hope that many friends and players will join Common Goal.”
Weir has heaped praise on Porteous for tackling this initiative, saying that it’s great to see someone with their full career ahead of them like Porteous join the cause.
“Half of the Common Goal members are women, and as a player I am so happy to see that a 21-year old such as Ryan, with a bright professional career ahead of him, has not only been inspired by the example of his female colleagues to join the cause, but he has also pledged his commitment to driving gender equality,” she said.
“The world is changing quickly, and it is up to as all to decide the direction in which we would like to go.”
Co-founder Mata has echoed the sentiments raised by Weir. The Manchester United man is hoping that Porteous can help spread awareness of Common Goal throughout UK football.
“Along with Timo Werner joining a couple of weeks ago, I really hope that Ryan becoming a member is another step in raising awareness of Common Goal in UK football,” said Mata.
“There’s an urgent need to work together. Football has a unique power to help solve the multiple challenges we are facing, whether that’s Covid-19, poverty, unemployment, discrimination, climate crisis, or gender equality.”