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Tuesday 16th August 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his SPFL Team of the Week, with Ross County striker Liam Boyce the star man after his hat-trick in the Highland derby.

Craig Fowler selects his SPFL Team of the Week, with Ross County striker Liam Boyce the star man after his hat-trick in the Highland derby.

GK - Alan Martin (Dumbarton)
Dumbarton were well worth their victory against Dundee United on Saturday but would have earned only a point if not for an incredible stop from Martin to deny Jamie Robson. It looked certain the youngster would score after drifting on to the end of a deep cross, but Martin produced a remarkable reaction save to maintain the hosts' advantage.
DC - John Souttar (Hearts)
The contest between Hearts and Aberdeen wasn't much of a spectacle but it did contain a couple of excellent defensive performances. For the visitors, young Souttar played with a poise beyond his years, always seeming to sense danger and cut out Aberdeen threats in the final third.
DC - Brian Martin (Berwick Rangers)
The centre-back made a crucial block earlier in the match and was then called on to keep the defence together after a red card was shown to his partner Jonny Fairbairn. Thankfully for the hosts, Martin and his team-mates remained resolute at the back as they saw off Annan Athletic with a 2-0 victory.
DC - Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen)
As good as Souttar was, his performance was arguably bettered by the centre-back at the other end of the park. O'Connor has impressed Aberdeen fans since making the summer switch from Burton Albion and he continued to shine with a classy performance in the 0-0 draw with Hearts.
MR - Danny Swanson (St Johnstone)
The playmaker says he has never been fitter and it's certainly showing in his current form. Fresh from almost single-handedly dispatching Hearts from the Betfred Cup, Swanson helped put Motherwell to the sword as St Johnstone's creative fulcrum. He also equalised for the visitors, who would go on to earn a 2-1 victory at Fir Park.
MC - Jordan Rossiter (Rangers)
A thoroughly impressive first league start from the former Liverpool academy graduate, who was awarded the BT Sport man of the match at Dens Park. Rangers controlled much of the match on their way to a 2-1 win, with the composure in possession of Rossiter and Joey Barton, in the face of Dundee pressing, a major factor in the win.
MC - Jim Goodwin (Alloa Athletic)
Getting the veteran to drop down to League 1 seemed a coup for Wasps manager Jack Ross and that's exactly as it's transpired, with the midfielder in inspired form as Alloa stormed to the top of the table after two games. Goodwin dominated the midfield in their 5-2 victory over Stranraer - a result secured in large part to a thunderous performance in the first half, as the visitors led 5-1.
MC - John McGinn (Hibernian)
The midfielder was at the heart of the action as Hibs recorded their second consecutive Championship victory, bouncing back from the disappointment of exiting the Betfred Cup in midweek. 
ML - Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock)
Even though it's very early in the season, Kilmarnock's 2-1 victory over Hamilton felt like a vital three points. The star man throughout was Jones. The young winger was the only player with pass marks in the first half, and he continued his strong showing into the second period, where he crossed for Kris Boyd to head the visitors level.
FC - Liam Boyce (Ross County)
With Craig Curran alongside him, Boyce looked back to his best as he netted three times in Ross County's derby win over Inverness CT. His second goal was the pick of the bunch, as the striker showed his excellent technique to take an exquisite touch before curling the ball into the far corner.
FC - Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South)
Queens fans are delighted to have their former hero back at the club and he fed that optimism during Saturday's 4-1 win over Ayr United, scoring one and setting up another. With Dundee United and Falkirk making slow starts, the race for the play-offs has opened right up. If Dobbie can maintain this sort of performance, the Dumfries club will harbour hopes of a promotion push.