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PICTURE SPECIAL: FOR RYAN OUT LOUD

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HIBS defender Ryan Porteous couldn’t resist a cheeky dig at former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard following the Easter Road side’s 3-1 Premier Sports League Cup Cup semi-final victory over the Ibrox club.

The Edinburgh club’s defender had been on the receiving end of remarks by the Liverpool legend following two red-card incidents in the past couple of seasons.

Gerrard, of course, quit the Govan outfit to take over at Aston Villa leaving the team without a manager in the dug-out at Hampden with the incoming Giovanni van Bronckhorst watching from the stand with B team gaffer David McCallum in change in a one-off capacity.

HAMPDEN HOORAY AND THE SOUND OF SILENCE…Martin Boyle celebrates his hat-trick in front of unimpressed Rangers fans.

A hat-trick from Martin Boyle dumped their Glasgow rivals to set up a Sunday December 19 date with Celtic in the Final.

Recently, Gerrard was asked by BT sports reporter Emma Dodd about speculation linking him with the Newcastle job before Eddie Howe’s appointment and the Gers gaffer shrugged it off with a terse: “Do I look happy? Do I look settled? Don’t ask me silly questions then.”

It drew criticism from Rangers legend Ally McCoist, as Scotzine reported.

Asked about Sunday’s victory by the same reporter from Premier Sports, Porteous quipped: “Do we look happy?

“Don’t ask silly questions then.”

Porteous, who limped off near the end, was one of the Hibs heroes in a stonewall defensive display after the interval with their opponents attempting to battle back into the game.

The youngster and his team-mates had the Final say on this occasion.

Scotzine‘s star snappers were at the national stadium to capture Porteous on a memorable Sunday afternoon for the Edinburgh club and their fans.

SMILES BETTER…Ryan Porteous makes his cheeky comment live on Premier Sports.

NUMBER ONE…Ryan Porteous accepts the cheers of the Hibs fans after the opening goal.

RISE AND SHINE…Ryan Porteous takes to the air as he salutes Hibs’ achievement.

THAT’S MY BOY…boss Jack Ross congratulates Porteous as he comes off before the end.

HAMPDEN HAPPY DAZE…Ryan Porteous celebrates the third goal.

HIGH PRAISE…Ryan Porteous hoists hat-trick hero Martin Boyle onto his shoulders at the end of the contest.

Meanwhile, Hibs have claimed they are “incredibly frustrated” ahead of the Final against Ange Posetcoglou’s side.

The Edinburgh side are unhappy that their request for an even ticket split with the Parkhead club for the silverware showpiece has been ignored by the football authorities.
Around 17,500 fans of the Easter Road outfit will be spread across the west end of the ground and three sections in the south stand of the 51,000 capacity arena.
The Hoops have been allocated their traditional east side of the national stadium, plus sections in both the north and south stands.Hibs, in a club statement, said: “We had a number of long and intense discussions with the SPFL fighting for an even split of tickets with Celtic for the League Cup Final at Hampden Park, knowing our history of selling out tickets for cup finals and for sporting integrity.

“However, they have come to the decision that we will have an allocation of approximately 17,500 tickets for the match. A decision that we are incredibly frustrated about. We made our thoughts very clear.”

Sales details will be revealed in the forthcoming days, but prices have been frozen at 2019 charges for the game, which will kick-off at 3pm at Hibs’ request.

The club added: ” On a positive note, we are pleased that kick-off has been scheduled for 3pm. We asked for this to be moved forward from the planned time of 4pm to help our supporters with travel to and from Hampden.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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