Confirmed: Ryan Porteous banned for upcoming Celtic match after SFA action
Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous has been given a three-match ban by the Scottish FA, ruling him out of the clash against Celtic after the winter break.
Porteous allegedly kicked out at Christian Ramirez of Aberdeen in a recent match and has been handed a retrospective ban.
A Hibs statement read: “Ryan Porteous has been handed a three-match ban following an incident against Aberdeen. The defender, who scored the winning goal in the game, has been penalised for an incident involving Christian Ramirez.
“The incident was reviewed by the SFA and has seen Porteous receive a punishment of a three-match ban. That means the defender will miss our next three games; Celtic on Monday 17 January, Cove Rangers on Thursday 20 January, and Motherwell on Wednesday 26 January.
Celtic host the Edinburgh side at Paradise, hopefully refreshed and strengthened by injury returns after the current break from action.
It will be Shaun Maloney’s first trip to Celtic Park as a manager after making a winning start with Hibs in their last two fixtures.
Although Porteous can often be a liability in matches due to his rash nature, that he is missing for Hibs is a definite blow to their plans.
He’s made 25 appearances for the club this season, demonstrating his importance to their starting eleven.
Regardless of the line-up Hibs field at Celtic Park, Ange Postecoglou will be looking for a big three points to the kick the second half of the season off successfully.