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Mikoliunas sparks Scotland fury

But the 23-year-old does not care about what all other football fans in his adopted country made of his dive and will not worry about the reaction.

Mikoliunas, who refused to admit he had dived, insists he does not care if he is targeted at grounds outside Tynecastle this season.

He said: "It doesn't matter. You have the victory, what more do you want? The referee made his decision. I don't make the decisions. Craig (Gordon) was a bit emotional at that time, he was angry with me but every goalkeeper is angry when a penalty is awarded.

"If Hearts fans feel that I was wrong, I apologise to them but not to Scotland fans. It doesn't matter if I get abused at Scottish grounds, I don't care.

"I will do my best for Hearts fans but I don't care about other Scottish fans."

Gordon believes Mikoliunas would have had trouble with elements of the Tynecastle support as well as all the other fans in Scotland if Alex McLeish's men had dropped two points.

He said: "I would love to have a few words with him if I could find him, but he is keeping a low profile at the moment.

"He didn't even try to justify himself when he won the penalty, which I suppose tells its own story. He found it amusing at the time but I didn't.

"I don't think I should say what I said to him, it isn't printable.

"He is a very talented player and you saw that, he caused us a lot of problems.

"He is young and has a great future in the game but if he is going to continue that in the Scottish game then I don't think that will be accepted for very long.

"Scottish referees won't give in to him so easily.

"If he had cost us the chance of qualifying then it might have (risked his relationship) with some sections of the Hearts support and I'm sure he would have had a rough reception wherever he went.

"But he is a strong character and I'm sure he will go on to have a good career."

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