Rangers have held their “hands up” after the club’s backroom staff clashed with their Hibs rivals on the touchline during the club’s 2-1 weekend win at Ibrox.
The Rangers backroom team have had routine run-ins with their Hibs equivalents after a series of physical challenges in previous encounters.
Rangers coach Tom Culshaw was even sent packing from the touchline in December 2019 after a disgraceful Ryan Porteous challenge saw Borna Barisic crumpled on the Easter Road turf.
Hibs assistant John Potter was also given his marching orders as Porteous was sent off in the 3-0 victory.
Porteous was at the centre of things yet again as he raked his studs into Connor Goldson and went down clasping his face in the 2-1 win at Ibrox over the weekend.
This sparked an angry reaction from the Gers bench but in retrospect, Steven Gerrard has admitted that perhaps the Ibrox backroom team got this one wrong.
“I don’t think there’s anything really to be made of it,” said Gerrard [Edinburgh Evening News].
“They have got a bench that is desperate to win, we’ve got a win that is desperate to win.
“It’s not the first time we’ve exchanged words with Jack Ross’ team.
“I think that was maybe from our side rather than their side today so we’ll hold our hands up there.
“But look, you’ve got competitive guys who want to win football matches.
“We’re in real privileged and important positions and we want our teams to win so it was something and nothing really. There’s nothing really to make of it.”
Rangers won the clash courtesy of goals from Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent, with Kevin Nisbet hauling Hibs back into the match later in the game.
Whilst Ryan Porteous is clearly not someone the Rangers backroom staff are too fond of, the Gers fans aren’t either.
Bluenoses took to Twitter to brand the centre-half a “cheat” and a “coward” for the incident in the aftermath of the game.