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Tuesday 1st November 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Dundee United defender Mark Durnan the star man.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Dundee United defender Mark Durnan the star man.

GK - Joe Lewis (Aberdeen)
He may have ended up on the losing side but the Dons shot-stopper produced a number of eye-catching saves in Aberdeen's 1-0 defeat to Celtic. Craig Gordon made an impressive intervention of his own later in the match but the Celtic keeper's heroics were only required because Lewis made two incredible stops from Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele to keep his side in the match.

DR - Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle)
Thistle have enjoyed a turnaround in recent weeks with a shift to a 3-5-2 formation that's getting the best out of the players. They have picked up seven points from three matches, including the 2-1 win at St Johnstone on Saturday. As part of the new system, Elliott has moved to right wing-back, where the midfielder has impressed. Always someone with good pace and stamina, he uses those attributes to be a real weapon on the right side.

DC - Mark Durnan (Dundee United)
The centre-back has been excellent in recent weeks as he shows Dundee United fans his worth after a difficult opening year at Tannadice. Not only did he put in a robust defensive performance against Falkirk, he also managed to bag the game's only goal eight minutes from time. This week's star man

DC - Jozo Simunovic (Celtic)
The Croatian teamed up with Erik Sviatchenko to form a robust centre-back partnership during Celtic's win over Aberdeen, which pushed them nine points ahead in the title race. Having already defeated Hearts, Aberdeen and St Johnstone away from home, as well as dismantling rivals Rangers in the first Glasgow derby, it's hard to see anyone coming close to Brendan Rodgers' side this term.

DL - Jackson Longridge (Livingston)
The left-back made some terrific runs from deep, which helped him bag the opening goal, as Livingston won 3-0 at title rivals Brechin City. The win moved the Lions above their hosts to the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table.

MR - Mark Gilhaney (Stenhousemuir)
The right midfielder scored one and helped make another as Stenhousemuir recorded the result of the weekend in League 1, bouncing back from a poor performance the previous week to beat Queen's Park 3-0 at Hampden. Gilhaney netted the opener, before producing a lovely bit of skill which led to the penalty, converted by Colin McMenamin, and saw the hosts reduced to 10 men shortly after half-time.

MC - Brian Cameron (Elgin City)
Elgin were the only side to record a victory in Ladbrokes League 2 as the hosts piled misery on Cowdenbeath with a 3-1 victory. Cameron got things started, making a deep run which was not picked up by the Blue Brazil defence, allowing him to score. He was at the centre of Elgin's attacking play throughout the match as City moved to within a point of the top.

MC - Tom Hateley (Dundee)
Paul Hartley's side secured a much-needed victory, winning 1-0 at Hamilton Accies thanks to a goal from Paul McGowan. However, it was the scorer's midfield partner who really impressed in the victory. As his fitness improves, Dundee fans should begin to see the best of Hateley, who put in a tireless performance in the engine room to help secure the result

MC - Lee Lucas (Motherwell)
A strong display from the summer signing helped Motherwell record a 4-1 victory against Ross County. Mark McGhee's men had lost their previous three matches but reversed the trend with an impressive showing at Fir Park. Lucas started in the middle of the park alongside captain Keith Lasley and the pair proved to be an effective partnership as Motherwell dismissed their visitors.

ML - Liam Polworth (Inverness Caley Thistle)
Inverness CT and visitors Hearts played out a thriller at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, sharing six goals in a match filled with action. While a number of attacking players had a fine afternoon, the player who stood out above all others was Polworth. The midfielder was excellent in possession and even troubled Hearts with his pace, something his manager Richie Foran has implored the midfielder to use more often. Although he didn't get on the scoresheet, his assist enabled Lonsana Doumbouya to give the home side the lead in the first half.

FC - Joe Garner (Rangers)
A constant thorn in the side of the Kilmarnock defence, Garner managed to get the goal his play deserved when he netted Rangers' third shortly after half-time. The forward has scored in each of his last two games and looks to be settling into the starting XI following his £1.5m summer move to Ibrox from Preston.