Hibernian supporters left seething with Ryan Porteous suspension ahead of Celtic clash

By David Walton

December 30, 2021

Hibernian supporters have been left absolutely seething after Ryan Porteous was handed a 3-match suspension that sees him miss the January 17th clash against Celtic.

Porteous was handed the ban yesterday after an incident with Aberdeen striker Christian Ramirez that went unspotted by referee Alan Muir at the time. The Hibs star tussled for the ball with the Dons striker before clearly taking a swipe at him as they went to deck.

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It was poor from a player who should know better by now. And considering Hibs went on to win the game 1-0, it was one they got away with given he should’ve been sent off.

Porteous will now miss the game at Celtic Park as well as future matches against Cove Rangers and Motherwell respectively.

The decision means Porteous will have racked up 6 missed games due to suspension for the season. The others came after an unfair red card decision at Ibrox and a yellow card suspension vs Ross County.

Ryan Porteous not the victim on this occasion; deservedly misses Celtic game

The Hibs star has so often been the subject of attention for perceived over-aggression. Whilst at times he does appear to lash out wildly, there are other instances where it seems he gets harshly treated due to his reputation. His red card at Ibrox back in October, for example, is a particular example.

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However, on this occasion, it’s difficult to see what the Hibs fans can complain about here. Porteous’ swipe at Ramirez was needless and hot-headed. It deserved punishment at the time, but instead Hibs went on to win the game.

Perhaps they feel the timeline is off given red cards for violent conduct see a player hit with a 2-game suspension. However, if the incident had been spotted, Porteous would’ve missed most of the game against Aberdeen too. You can understand the decision.

It leaves new Hibs boss Shaun Maloney with a major blow to contend with ahead of his return to Celtic Park next month.

And it’s fair to say it’s left Hibs fans absolutely seething on Twitter. As they continue to back their man, we take a look at some of the tweets as they take aim at the SFA and the media:

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