Rangers boss Steven Gerrard claims Hibs defender Ryan Porteous called one of his players 'a bad loser'

Ibrox manager was unhappy at some the challenges made by Hibs defenders

Ryan Porteous and Alfredo Morelos clash during the Hibs-Rangers match at Easter Road.
Ryan Porteous and Alfredo Morelos clash during the Hibs-Rangers match at Easter Road.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was angered by referee Don Robertson’s decision not to take further action against the treatment of some of his players during the 2-2 draw with Hibs, while also claiming the hosts’ defender Ryan Porteous called Gers skipper James Tavernier “a bad loser”.

Both Porteous and his fellow defender Paul Hanlon were booked in the first half for challenges on Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hagi respectively, while Tavernier and Porteous appeared to have a disagreement at the full-time whistle, with handshakes not exchanged.

When asked about the incidents in his post-match press conference, Gerrard said: “Yes. I think there could have been more action taken. But that’s out of my control.

“I didn’t see the (Porteous) incident initially. I think Porteous was saying that Tav’s a bad loser which I think is a bit cheap coming from him. He got sent off for a really bad tackle when he was losing 3-0 against us here last season.”

Porteous, for his part, was non-plussed about the incidents. “I’m not bothered about that,” he said when quizzed about a lack of handshakes at the end of the match. “What happens on the pitch should probably just stay on the pitch.”

And when asked about he had his heart in his mouth after his challenge on Morelos that resulted in a booking, the Scotland Under-21 defender added: “Nah, it was a coming together really, I don't think it was anything more than that.”