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Tuesday 31st July 2018

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his SPFL Team of the Week, with Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu the star man.

GK - Zdenek Zlamal (Heart of Midlothian)
While Hearts would eventually crush Inverness CT 5-0 in the final Betfred Cup group game, they were thankful for their goalkeeper making three impressive, reactionary stops in the earlier part of the game.

DRC - Jesse Curran (Dundee)
The attacking full-back excelled down the right flank as Dundee beat Brechin City 2-0 to make it into the next round. Curran's crosses were a constant source of creativity for the hosts.

DC - Callum Morris (Ross County)
County recovered from a midweek humbling at Arbroath to advance as winners of Group A. The Staggies faced a potential banana skin away to Alloa, who needed just a draw to top the section, but came away 2-0 victors thanks in part to a stellar defensive showing, with Morris impressing.

DLC - Jonathan Page (Airdrieonians)
Airdrie held Premiership hosts Hamilton to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon. The pre-match favourites had plenty of the ball but could only once find a way past an organised Airdrie back-line, marshalled by Page, although Accies won the bonus point in the shoot-out.

MR - Egli Kaja (Livingston)
The on-loan Wimbledon winger was the stand-out player on the park as Livingston defeated Berwick Rangers 2-0 at Linlithgow to book their place in the next round.

MC - Cammy Smith (St Mirren)
Smith knocked in two goals as St Mirren closed out their group stage campaign in emphatic fashion with a 6-0 win over Dumbarton. Those additional goals proved crucial in the Buddies qualifying for the next stage.

MC - Joe Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic)
Thomson controlled the midfield as Dunfermline defeated Stirling Albion 3-1 at East End Park, a result which ensured they topped the group with four wins out of four.

ML - Elliott Frear (Motherwell)
The Premiership visitors eventually got the job done against Clyde at Broadwood, with Frear creating two of the goals in a late 3-1 comeback. The result pushed them top of the group, ahead of Queen of the South.

FC - Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian)
Hearts seem to have found a new cult hero after the summer signing from Cambridge shone in their 5-0 victory over Inverness. As well as grabbing two goals, Ikpeazu thrilled with his hold-up play and skill on the ball and had the supporters chanting his name as he left the park. He's this week's star man.

FC - Nicky Clark (Dundee United)
Two goals from the former Dunfermline striker helped Dundee United end a thoroughly disappointing Betfred Cup campaign on a high with a 4-0 victory away to Elgin City.

FC - Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United)
A terrific achievement by Ayr, who made it four wins from four in the Betfred Cup group stage as they booked their place in the last 16. Shankland, terrific as usual in black and white, scored an incredible second goal in the 2-0 win over Partick Thistle at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.