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Tuesday 22nd September 2015

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week in a 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack the star man.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week in a 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack the star man.

Goalkeeper - Scott Fox (Ross County)
The former Partick Thistle No 1 showed his old side exactly what they were missing with two terrific low, one-handed stops in County's 1-0 victory in Dingwall. The first one from Sean Welsh was of a particularly high standard as he got down very well to divert the midfielder's effort wide.

Right-back - Saidy Janko (Celtic)
The young full-back deputised for Mikael Lustig and put in the sort of performance that will encourage Ronny Deila to use him more often. A terrific outlet for Celtic on the right wing, Janko was one of several problems Dundee failed to deal with in the 6-0 hammering, and he notched an assist when his second-half cross deflected into the path of Emilio Izaguirre to finish.

Central defence - Ben Richards-Everton (Dunfermline Athletic)
Dunfermline rebounded from last week’s loss at home to league leaders Ayr with a comprehensive 5-0 hammering of Stenhousemuir. Richards-Everton was in dominant form at the back, snuffing out any threat the hosts posed in the air by winning just about every header.

Central defender - Bryan Wharton (Queen's Park)
Wharton passing a late fitness test was hugely welcome news for Gus MacPherson, who has been suffering through a constant selection headache in defence due to injury. Despite patching the unit together once more, Wharton's performance, blending strength in defence with composure on the ball, ensured the group played well enough to gain a 3-1 victory against Elgin.

Left-back - Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic)
It was a shame the Honduran sent his second-half penalty over the bar, thereby blowing the opportunity of netting a hat-trick he would remember for the rest of his career - though the effort was so poor even Izaguirre saw the funny side! The treble opportunity had been set up thanks to a quick-fire double, with both goals being strikes from close range, illustrating just how much of an attacking threat the left-back was all game.

Defensive midfield - Andy Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic)
It was a terrific shift from the Dunfermline midfielder in two positions during their hammering of Stenhousemuir. His industry in front of the back four, while helping to link attack and defence, gave the Pars the platform to win. Then he filled in admirably at full-back after injury forced a reshuffle of the pack.

Central midfield - Ryan Jack (Aberdeen)
Jack’s first-half display at Tynecastle will rank up there with some of the best performances in Scottish football in recent seasons, particularly when you take into account the intensity of the occasion. The Dons could have wilted in the Tynecastle cauldron, but they stood up to the challenge, with their captain leading the way. Jack dominated in the centre of the park, both with the ball as he dictated the tempo, and without it as he chased and harried his opponents. This week's star man.

Central midfield - Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Accies)
Quite simply the best player on the park as Hamilton notched up another derby win over rivals Motherwell at New Douglas Park. The midfielder has been in terrific form of late. With an all-action style and great range of passing, he can be quite the formidable opponent when he’s on top of his game.

Attacking central midfield - Tom Rogic (Celtic)
Ronny Deila already had a plethora of able attacking midfielders before the emergence of Rogic this season. The Australian also fits Deila’s system well in the sense that he’s athletic and therefore more than capable of pressing opponents high up the park, something the manager encourages of everyone in the Celtic team. Aside from his physical skills, Rogic showed some excellent close control to skip past Dundee players in congested areas, and bagged himself a goal with a rather impressive finish.

Forward - Niall McGinn (Aberdeen)
You can’t argue with two assists and a goal of the season contender from a 3-1 win on national television. At times McGinn floated past Hearts defenders like they weren't there. Never was this so evident than at the second goal, where he beat one defender on the touchline, dummied another and curled in a magnificent finish into the top corner of the net.

Forward - David Goodwillie (Aberdeen)
Was preferred to Adam Rooney in the Dons starting XI because of his ability to hold up the ball and link with team-mates. Not only did he bring such qualities against Hearts, he also bagged two goals in a terrific performance where his determination to battle with the home defence was evident throughout the game.