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Tuesday 12th January 2016

Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his Team of the Week based on the Scottish Cup fourth-round ties, with Rabin Omar of Annan Athletic the star man.

Craig Fowler selects his Team of the Week based on the Scottish Cup fourth-round ties, with Rabin Omar of Annan Athletic the star man.

GK - Jamie MacDonald (Kilmarnock)
Scott Fox earned serious consideration for an outrageous save in the dying moments of Ross County's draw with Dunfermline, but the Staggies shot-stopper did make an error earlier in the game. The same cannot be said for MacDonald, who pulled off a stunning triple save to preserve a clean sheet and see Kilmarnock through to the next round at the expense of St Johnstone.

DC - Blazej Augustyn (Hearts)
The Polish centre-back's performance against Aberdeen was night and day compared to the last time the Dons visited Tynecastle. Solid at the back and composed in possession, he was one of many terrific performers in a Hearts team that deservedly booked their place in the last 16.

DC - Peter Watson (Annan Athletic)
The players further forward may have hit the headlines for knocking four goals past Premiership opposition in Hamilton Accies, but you cannot hope to beat a team of such calibre without a strong defensive showing. Annan stayed resolute at the back to supplement the heroics in attack, with centre-back Watson catching the eye.

DC - Ross Smith (Stirling Albion)
Stirling didn't quite reach the same level of heroics as Annan but the boys at the back can feel even more satisfied with as they shut out Scottish Cup holders Inverness Caley Thistle in a 0-0 draw. Smith - one of three Stirling Albion players with that surname - put in an outstanding shift after coming back into the side following last week's loss to East Stirlingshire.

MR - Rabin Omar (Annan Athletic)
In a team full of heroes, Omar was the Annan star that shone brightest. The midfielder scored the third goal to clinch victory, before adding a cherry on top that made it a truly memorable cup upset. He also played a part in setting up another goal in what was a tremendous afternoon's work. This week's star man.

MC - Stephen Pearson (Motherwell)
Two goals and a thoroughly professional performance from Pearson. Top-flight sides should routinely defeat non-league opponents by a few goals but it's a task easier said than done. The Fir Park club were determined from the off, eventually winning 5-0.

MC - Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic)
The battling midfielder has found himself on the periphery at times this season as Shaun Byrne and Andy Geggan continue to shine in the centre of the park. However, there's no doubting Falkingham's ability and he showed why he's a more than capable deputy with a top-notch display against Ross County. Falkingham dictated play and made life very difficult for County duo Jackson Irvine and Martin Woods in the centre.

ML - Barrie McKay (Rangers)
After loan spells at Morton and Raith Rovers, the young winger has really pushed on this season with a number of eye-catching displays. He had another on Sunday, continually frightening the life out of Cowdenbeath with his direct running in the 5-1 win at Ibrox.

FC - Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic)
The striker was sensational in Dunfermline's 2-2 draw with Ross County and on another day would have earned himself a hat-trick. In addition to his goal, which was a superb run and shot, he rattled the post with a volley and watched Scott Fox pull off a miraculous stop in the final minute to deny him a winner.

FC - Leigh Griffiths (Celtic)
The striker yet again proved his worth to Celtic with two well-taken goals in the 3-0 win at Stair Park. Griffiths' confidence is sky high at the moment, and he almost notched another with an acrobatic effort that forced a fine save from Stranraer's impressive 18-year-old keeper Max Currie.

FC - Martyn Waghorn (Rangers)
Waghorn notched a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Cowdenbeath, although he was helped by the award of two penalties. His first goal was where he really showed his worth, bullying the opposing defender before slamming the ball into the net.