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Tuesday 1st March 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Dunfermline winger Joe Cardle the star man.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Dunfermline winger Joe Cardle the star man.

GK - Jamie MacDonald (Kilmarnock)
The Killie shot-stopper pulled off two penalty saves in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Hearts. The first of which, very unfortunately, spun back into the path of Jamie Walker to net the game’s only goal. The visitors were in the match until the end, with MacDonald pulling off another couple of impressive stops along the way.

DC - John Souttar (Hearts)
Souttar looks like a player reborn since his move to Hearts and was completely comfortable in the centre of the rearguard in the win over Kilmarnock. He also wowed the fans with a number of inch-perfect cross-field passes.

DC - Ryan McGeever (Queen's Park)
The defender was dominant in Queen's Park's 3-0 victory over East Fife. The Fifers had previously been top of the Ladbrokes League 2 table and this victory pulls the Spiders right back into the race. They trail Saturday's opponents by two points and league leaders Elgin by four.

DC - Marvin Andrews (Clyde)
Barry Ferguson's side picked up a crucial victory that moved them back into the play-offs after winning 1-0 at Arbroath. In a tense game, Clyde's defence limited anything the hosts tried to create in attack, with 40-year-old Andrews being particularly stifling.

DM - Charlie Telfer (Livingston)
The on-loan Dundee United midfielder pulled the strings in Livingston's much-needed 3-1 victory at fellow strugglers Alloa. His pass that led to Jordan White's goal, Livingston's second, was of particularly high standard.

MR - Michael O'Halloran (Rangers)
In an otherwise frustrating day in front of goal for Rangers, the January signing terrorised visitors St Mirren from start to finish. His hard work and enthusiasm finally paid off in the 86th minute when he intercepted a poor clearance and fed Harry Forrester for the game's only goal.

ML - Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic)
The winger netted his second hat-trick of the season as Dunfermline dismantled Stranraer 6-1 on Saturday. His first goal was superb, cutting in from the left and smashing the ball into the far top corner. He also set up Faissal El Bakhtaoui for one of his goals. This week's star man.

AM - Scott McDonald (Motherwell)
The veteran striker used all of his experience and cunning to harass and bamboozle the Partick Thistle defence. Alan Archibald's side had the best defensive away record in the division before the game but they couldn't keep tabs on the excellent movement of Motherwell's front three. McDonald also produced a world-class pass for Louis Moult's second goal in the 3-1 win.

FC - Christian Nade (Dumbarton)
Everybody knows the former Hearts striker loves playing against Hibs, and he demonstrated it again in Saturday's 3-2 victory for the Sons. Nade held the ball up superbly and headed in Dumbarton's second goal, a move he started and finished.

FC - Rory McAllister (Peterhead)
Another week and another hat-trick for Peterhead's talisman. It's the third time this campaign that McAllister has scored three or more goals in a single match, taking his tally to an astounding 30 goals from 33 games played in all competitions.

FC - Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline)
Similar to McAllister, El Bakhtaoui has been in terrific goalscoring form this season, taking his tally to 23 with a double in the win over Stranraer. Once more the striker relied on his pace to race away from a static visiting defence as Dunfermline kept their eight-point lead at the top.