Rangers fans have been sending their thanks to outspoken Hibs defender Ryan Porteous after he gave away a penalty to set up Kemar Roofe’s winning goal at Easter Road.
Rangers had huffed and puffed throughout the second half and there is no doubt that we can feel very, very lucky that we’ve come through this game with three points in a 1-0 win.
Kemar Roofe's penalty was the difference as Rangers beat Hibernian 1-0, following Ryan Porteous' foul on Ryan Kent!
The Scottish Premiership leaders are now seven points clear of Celtic who host Hearts tomorrow live on Sky Sports📺 pic.twitter.com/Ha8bJTEGfb
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) December 1, 2021
It might not have been completely deserved, but by God it feels good. Very, very good.
This match was set up to be a cracker and whilst the football failed to deliver on the pitch the elation of the result certainly has.
This was a biggie and Rangers – by the hand of a man whose career is threatening to be defined by a petty rivalry with the club – stood up to the test.
It had to Porteous. It just had to be Porteous.
Ryan Porteous gifts Rangers Hibs penalty but close shave for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side
Kemar Roofe duefully dispatched the penalty after Ryan Porteous had caught Ryan Kent late in the game, with the stretched challenge almost symbolic of how an increasingly flat-footed Hibs were playing heading into the final stages.
Before that, the second half belonged to the Hibees and whilst Rangers made a bright start to the game they struggled throughout in the second period as Hibs dominated possession.
For all the impetus in Hibs’ play however, they struggled to fashion any real chances with the main opportunity being diverted off Kevin Nisbet’s toe by Connor Goldson’s unorthodox clearance.
Chris Cadden also wasted a decent opportunity to properly test Allan McGregor by driving low and wide past the Rangers post.
Rangers too had a few glimpses, with Hibs keeper Matt Macey saving from Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield, with Ryan Porteous heading a Kent strike over the bar.
Joe Aribo hit the side netting after some tight play in the box.
Hibs appeared to have Rangers a bit rattled with a lack of movement evident across the park and wasted passes – either forward or to the side – a feature of the visiting side’s play.
The first half had seen Rangers bright in possession but Hibs felt their way into the match with the Ibrox side struggling to create anything meaningful until the latter stages of it.
Alfredo Morelos spurned a golden headed chance and going by Rangers’ performance in the second minds probably began to wonder if that moment would be a defining one.
But as things would transpire, up stepped Ryan Porteous to lunge into a challenge in Hibs’ 18-yard box, foul Ryan Kent as he was driving inside, and allow the ice-cool Kemar Roofe to score.
Rangers fans – failing to miss the opportunity to have the same kind of post-match jovial banter Ryan loves – have sent Porteous their dearest regards for the chance to snatch three points:
Does Ryan Porteous look happy? pic.twitter.com/bqSWK80muC
— E 🧡 (@EJRW95) December 1, 2021
Ryan Porteous into double figures for assists in a Rangers shirt.
— . (@Footballstewart) December 1, 2021
Cheers Ryan porteous pal. Yes I am happy 👍🏽
— 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐧 (@harryshewan) December 1, 2021
Big thank you to Ryan Porteous for the six points so far this season! x
— David Marshall (@marshalldave38) December 1, 2021
Can somebody check on Ryan Porteous, please. His happiness is of upmost importance to me.
— Giovanni Van Bairdric (@Bairdric1) December 1, 2021
Does Ryan Porteous look happy? pic.twitter.com/9puD0VISba
— The Rangers Review (@RangersReview55) December 1, 2021
“Do I look happy??” pic.twitter.com/dAr5slTHA4
— Seville Calculator (@SevilleCalculat) December 1, 2021
He does look happy. pic.twitter.com/Zsg5MCoTRg
— 𝐒 𝐓 𝐔 (@_stuhamilton) December 1, 2021
Boydy "He definitely doesn't look happy there" pic.twitter.com/pheBAqt7vQ
— 🇬🇧 Scottie 🇹🇭 (@ksc4273) December 1, 2021
Do we look happy? Don’t ask silly questions
— Rory (@1874R_) December 1, 2021
I wonder if Ryan Porteous looks happy🤔
— Derek Clark (@derekclarksport) December 1, 2021
Does Ryan Porteous look happy? Sorry, I shouldn't ask silly questions.
— David Griffiths (@Erudite4Unity) December 1, 2021
This result gives us a huge platform to build and that means that Giovanni van Bronckhorst has now won his opening three matches as Gers manager.
Next up is Dundee at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership and let’s hope this result ignites the Dutchman’s already bright start.
Meanwhile, the latest coming out Man United puts paid to a ridiculous claim regarding the last time the Ibrox club played the Hibees.