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Tuesday 22nd November 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast's Craig Fowler chooses his top XI from the weekend's SPFL action.

The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast's Craig Fowler chooses his top XI from the weekend's SPFL action.

GK - David McGurn (Cowdenbeath)
The veteran shot-stopper rolled back the years to make four top-drawer saves in Cowdenbeath's 1-1 draw away to Edinburgh City. The Blue Brazil would have gone bottom of League 2 had they lost to their hosts, and they've got McGurn to thank for ensuring that didn't happen. Among the 36-year-old's heroics was a perfectly-executed one-on-one denial of Ross Allum. This week's star man.

DR - Richard Tait (Motherwell)
The right-back has provided some much-needed impetus down the flank this season and he was at it again in Well's 2-0 win over Partick Thistle, even going close to scoring on a couple of occasions. The victory lifted the Steelmen into the top six.

DC - Gavin Gunning (Morton)
Once again the centre-back put in a stellar showing against his former employers, as Morton played out a tight 0-0 draw with Dundee United. Every time a high ball went into the penalty area, it seemed to be the ex-Dundee United man heading it away. The result keeps Morton's great home record going. They haven't lost at Cappielow since March.

DC - Jay McEveley (Ross County)
County's centre-back scored the opening goal and had an impressive showing at the heart of the defence as his side recorded a much-needed victory at St Johnstone. McEveley sent them on their way to a 4-2 win with a close-range header, and his aggressive pressing of the St Johnstone forwards helped unsettle the hosts and secure all three points.

DL - Lewis Martin (Dunfermline Athletic)
This is a bit of a cheat selection as the young defender, who has appeared across the back four this season, was stationed on the right of the defence. However, with no stand-out left-back candidates, we felt it was remiss not to include him, off the back of an excellent showing in Dunfermline's 1-0 win at St Mirren. The result moved the Pars out of the relegation play-off spot and into eighth place.

MR - Chris Burke (Ross County)
County went back to basics against St Johnstone, looking to get their wide men involved more often and put crosses into the penalty area. This helped them secure the victory, with each and every one of their goals coming from a cross ball. Burke managed two assists en route to the 4-2 win.

MC - Kenny McLean (Aberdeen)
The midfielder netted twice, including a terrific curling free-kick shortly after Aberdeen had fallen behind, to help his side to a 3-1 victory against Inverness CT. McLean is really starting to find some form of late, and Aberdeen fans will be hoping he will take it into this Sunday's Betfred Cup final.

MC - Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian)
The on-loan midfielder helped pull the strings as Hibs bettered Queen of the South by four goals to nil to move three points clear of Dundee United at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship table. All game long, Shinnie teased the Queens defence and threaded a number of excellent through balls for Martin Boyle to run on to.

ML - Sean Dickson (Stirling Albion)
It was Roy of the Rovers stuff from the Stirling Albion midfielder on Saturday. With his side trailing 2-0 to Arbroath, Dickson rolled up his sleeves and single-handedly rescued a point with two strikes in the dying seconds. His second goal, in particular, was right out of the top drawer, as he unleashed a tremendous volley that looped over Ricky Gomes.

FC - Christian Nade (Annan Athletic)
Otherwise known as 'A Trialist', Nade turned out for the League 2 side at the weekend having recently cut ties with Stranraer. He put in a strong showing in Annan's 1-0 victory over Elgin, showing the kind of technique that should make him a star at this level. The win helped cut the gap to five points between Annan and their visitors, who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

FC - Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Accies)
The striker netted two goals in Hamilton's 3-3 draw with Hearts on Monday. After racing away from Alim Ozturk to net his first, he managed to squeeze the ball into the back of the net from a seemingly impossible angle to put his side 3-1 up. Even though they were unable to hold on, the performance of their striker will give Accies fans optimism for the rest of the campaign.

Honourable mentions to:  Derek Gaston (Morton), Tim Chow (Ross County), Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Accies), Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen), Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock), John McGinn (Hibernian), Scott McDonald (Motherwell), Liam Boyce (Ross County), Jamie Walker (Hearts).