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Tuesday 5th January 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his first SPFL Team of the Week of 2016, with Rangers striker Kenny Miller the star man in a 4-3-3 formation.

Craig Fowler selects his first SPFL Team of the Week of 2016, with Rangers striker Kenny Miller the star man in a 4-3-3 formation.

GK - Tomas Cerny (Partick Thistle)
Thistle were cruelly denied a deserved point at Celtic Park after Leigh Griffiths netted an injury-time winner for the hosts. There were a pair of warnings prior to the goal, however, that Thistle didn't heed, as Griffiths twice forced Cerny into making reflex saves.

DR - James Tavernier (Rangers)
The flying full-back was back to his best in Rangers' 6-0 hammering of Dumbarton. Tavernier had a hand in three of his side's goals before notching one himself.

DC - Paul Hanlon (Hibernian)
Hibernian may not have bounced back in style but they still managed to secure a vital three points to keep up the chase with Rangers at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. Paul Hanlon was the club's clear man of the match in the 1-0 win over Raith Rovers, staying composed in possession and dominant in defence.

DC - Andy Webster (St Mirren)
St Mirren secured themselves a much-needed victory in their clash with Morton. It wasn't a pretty contest by any stretch, but the visitors dug out a 1-0 win thanks to some hard graft in the middle from Stuart Carswell and a rock-solid performance from veteran centre-back Andy Webster.

DL - Liam Dick (Stranraer)
The on-loan Falkirk defender impressed on the left of the defence as Stranraer upset title-chasing Ayr United with a 1-0 win at Stair Park.

MC - Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton)
The midfielder has been in fine form in recent weeks and continued this with a strong showing in the Lanarkshire derby at Fir Park. Not only did MacKinnon battle impressively in the middle of the park, providing an effective screen for the back four, he also got himself on the scoresheet.

MC - Paul McGowan (Dundee)
Dundee heaped misery on their local rivals with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over United. In any derby match you need players to fight, scrap and work themselves into the ground over 90 minutes, which is exactly what McGowan did.

MC - Nicky Law (Rangers)
It's now becoming evident that Rangers are a better side for having the energetic talents of Law in the centre of the park after another excellent showing in the win over Dumbarton. Law hadn't started in weeks before his cameo against Falkirk before Christmas. While Rangers still lost that match, Mark Warburton was impressed enough to give him the nod against Hibs, and the midfielder has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

FC - Miles Storey (Inverness CT)
Storey's strong, intelligent running was a constant thorn in Ross County's side as the two Highland clubs squared up on January 2. The on-loan striker also helped himself to a goal in the 2-0 victory at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

FC - Kenny Miller (Rangers)
Similar to Law, Rangers look a better side with Kenny Miller in the team, even if it sometimes pushes leading scorer Martyn Waghorn out to the right wing. They were certainly a stronger outfit for having him against Dumbarton, as Miller inflicted three goals on the part-time hosts. This week's star man.

FC - Scott McDonald (Motherwell)
The Aussie veteran and fellow striker Louis Moult are developing an excellent partnership at Fir Park, and both of them were certainly on their game against Hamilton Accies, with McDonald netting a double and Moult grabbing the other in a 3-3 draw.