Despite seeing their team cruise to a comfortable 3-0 victory and close the gap at the top of the Premiership to two points, plenty of Rangers fans on Twitter were fuming over one incident from last night’s tempestuous encounter at Easter Road.
The result was overshadowed by a reckless challenge from Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous on Borna Barisic, one which saw the offender sent off and which instigated ugly scenes as objects were thrown at the stricken Rangers defender and coaches from both benches become involved in a melee. [via BBC]
Sky Sports reporter Ron Walker described the 60th-minute tackle by Porteous as “atrocious” as he flew in high on Barisic, catching the Croatian on his standing leg, although thankfully the Rangers man was able to play on and complete the match.
A number of ‘Gers fans on Twitter drew comparisons between Porteous’ reckless lunge and the treatment of Alfredo Morelos, who was suspended for last night’s clash after being sent off in last week’s win at Motherwell when his gesture towards the opposition fans was deemed offensive (as per BBC).
Here is a portion of the reaction from Rangers fans over Porteous’ foul on Barisic last night:
Porteous with one of the most malicious and cowardly challenges I've seen in a long time
Well, since last season when Porteous done the same to Coulibaly
Mind that headline last week "Morelos up to his old tricks again at Fir Park" all because he done a fist pump
— Super Ally #9 (@King_Albertz) December 20, 2019
Last year @HibernianFC and their fans lauded Ryan Porteous for wiping out Morelos. Tonight he nearly breaks Borna’s leg. That’s why Scotland is stuck in the footballing dark ages.
— Craig Gilmour (@gilmourez) December 20, 2019
Porteous done that to Morelos last year and the media lapped it up. Hes a horrible little ned.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) December 20, 2019
Morelos commits that media meltdown no the first time porteous has put in a shocker of a tackle like that against us
— William Stirling (@StirlingWm) December 21, 2019
Contrast the treatment of Porteous, who is actually a vicious thug who intends to injure opponents; with Morelos
— Dale (@ddorrian10) December 20, 2019
Mad how Porteous is celebrated as a young rash hard man but Morelos is vilified for a couple of daft flick outs
— Dan (@DanCrossley_7) December 20, 2019
Everyone talks about Morelos and his discipline. Porteous is worse in my books! That’s a shocker. Slows down to make sure he leaves it on Barisic, who ended up being lucky his leg wasn’t planted
— Bobby McLatchie (@BOBBY_MCLATCHIE) December 20, 2019
Porteous on the same amount of Red cards as Alfredo Morelos this season, he must be a dirty dirty player.
— Jamie Dunn (@jamiedunn_) December 20, 2019
Do you think the book should be thrown at Porteous considering the treatment Morelos has had in some quarters over the last week? Comment below with your views!
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