KEIRAN TIERNEY reckons cheating Alex Schalk must face the same punishment as Hearts’ Jamie Walker following the player’s blatant dive to earn Ross County a late penalty-kick in the 2-2 draw yesterday.
The Dutchman theatrically threw himself to the ground under absolutely no contact from Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko.
Tierney was the victim of Walker’s dive on the opening day of the season as the midfielder was gifted a spot-kick before being hit with a two-match ban for simulation.
The Edinburgh side netted the penalty-kick and the Hoops had to rely on a late winner from new Bhoy Scott Sinclair to earn a 2-1 win.
Schalk can now expect to receive the same punishment after conning dodgy referee Don Robertson in Dingwall with Liam Boyce scoring from the absurd award.
Tierney said: “I knew straight it away it was a dive.
“It was the same kind of thing with Jamie Walker when we played Hearts in the first game of the season. But this incident was more obvious.
“I think Walker was banned for it, but it’s obviously not up to me. It should be the same rule for every player.
“It’s not a nice part of the game, you can expect contact, but you’re not going to go down if there’s no contact. It’s as simple as that.
“If it’s striker’s prerogative to do that, then everyone would be falling about. Whenever you get close to people in games you need to stay on your feet, but if someone gets too close, then fair enough.
“I couldn’t believe it when the referee gave the penalty, everyone was so surprised.
“The linesman had a great view and was standing straight in line with it.”
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