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Tuesday 1st December 2015

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his SPFL Team of the Week, with Hamilton Accies keeper Michael McGovern the star man for his outstanding display at Tannadice.

Craig Fowler selects his SPFL Team of the Week, with Hamilton Accies keeper Michael McGovern the star man for his outstanding display at Tannadice.

GK - Michael McGovern (Hamilton Accies)
Hamilton fans leaving Tannadice were asking ‘How did we win that?' after Accies came from behind to win 2-1, pushing themselves up to fifth place. The answer is simple - Michael McGovern. The shot-stopper pulled off a number of saves to keep the away side in the match. And when you're only down by a goal it can all change in an instant, which it did for Martin Canning's side. This week's star man.
RB - Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle)
When a team is struggling near the bottom of the table, particularly in terms of scoring goals, the last thing you'd think such a side needs is a new right-back. However, there is no doubt that Thistle have become a much-improved attacking unit since the Sierra Leonean pitched up at Firhill. On Saturday he played another valuable role in helping the visitors to score five goals at Rugby Park.
CB - Rob Kiernan (Rangers)
St Mirren didn't throw much at the Rangers defence across the 90 minutes, though Kiernan's inclusion in this team, and in the Ibrox starting XI, is not solely based on his defensive abilities. The centre-back is an accomplished passer of the ball, one of the best in the country, and he demonstrated those abilities once more to help the hosts rack up a convincing 4-0 win.
LB - Kieran Tierney (Celtic)
The young left-back notched another assist amid a fine performance in Celtic's 3-1 victory at Inverness CT. It’s not all gone Celtic’s way of late but the 18-year-old's displays have caught the eye as he continues to impress in the full-back position, keeping out Emilio Izaguirre in the process.
MR - Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen)
The Aberdeen danger man had a quiet first half as the hosts struggled against Ross County at Pittodrie. After half-time, however, things were very different, with Aberdeen dominating the rest of the match en route to a 3-1 win. Hayes was pushed out to the right wing but was given freedom to charge into the penalty box whenever the opportunity arose. His near-post run led to the equaliser before he put Aberdeen in front with a speculative cross that found the net via the far post.
MC - Jason Holt (Rangers)

Another excellent midfield performance from one of Rangers' star performers this season. Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier may have been hitting the headlines but Holt has quietly proven himself to be another tremendous summer acquisition. Against St Mirren he again helped Mark Warburton's men dictate the play while proving himself to be quite a handful inside the penalty box, netting the opener in the 4-0 win that puts them in the Petrofac Training Cup final.
MC - Murray Davidson (St Johnstone)
Conditions were far from ideal for both St Johnstone and Dundee on Friday night. After a promising start the heavens opened and rain lashed down, making attacking football a difficult task. The longer the game went on the more it turned into a battle, and there aren't many players you'd want in this country under such circumstances more than Davidson. He threw his weight about, went into tackles and helped keep possession ticking over whenever he got on the ball.
ML - Niall McGinn (Aberdeen)
Another Aberdeen attacker who went from an ineffective first half to dominating the opposition in the second. It was McGinn, having been reinstated on the left following an experiment playing alongside Adam Rooney, who crossed for the opening goal, and the Northern Irishman made sure of the points later on when he burst through the centre and finished into the bottom corner.
AM - Callum McGregor (Celtic)
The youngster has come in from the wilderness to be Celtic's star attacker over the past two games, and he's been performing in an unfamiliar role in the centre of the park. McGregor's energy and ability to move the ball quickly have made him an asset in the heart of the midfield, but he was still able to show off his strong running with the 40-yard sprint and shot that opened the scoring against Inverness CT.
AM - Robbie Muirhead (Partick Thistle)
There's a theme developing with this week's team. Thistle fans might not have been too perturbed had the attacker been subbed against Kilmarnock after a low-key first half. However, manager Alan Archibald kept faith with the youngster, who scored twice and assisted the other as Thistle racked up the goals in a 5-2 victory. His first goal, a stunning drive from 30 yards, was really something special.
FC - Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle)
The striker made it four goals against Kilmarnock this season with two strikes within the opening 15 minutes at Rugby Park. On both occasions he demonstrated his intelligent movement and predatory instincts to drift away from defenders before gobbling up the chance. He should have had a hat-trick when played through in the second half, deciding instead to try and square for Steven Lawless.