Rangers 'hold hands up' over latest touchline spat with Hibs

Steven Gerrard admitted the Rangers bench were to blame as he played down a brief touchline spat involving Hibs assistant John Potter during the 2-1 win at Ibrox on Sunday.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:29 pm
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:31 pm
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Hibs head coach Jack Ross during the match at Ibrox on Sunday (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

A harmless clash on the pitch between Connor Goldson and Ryan Porteous, which saw the Rangers defender push his opponent away after landing on him, led to Potter becoming agitated in the technical area after words were exchanged between the dugouts, prompting both Gerrard and Jack Ross to gesture for the Hibs no.2 to calm down.

It is not the first time the two benches have clashed with Potter and Rangers coach Tom Culshaw both shown red cards after a rammy at Easter Road in December 2019 following Porteous’ sending off for a rash challenge on Borna Barisic.

However, Gerrard insisted the latest argy-bargy was nothing more than a storm in a teacup.

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“I don't think there's anything really to be made of it,” he said.

“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 match thanks to goals from Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent, with Kevin Nisbet grabbing a consolation for the Easter Road men.

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