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Tuesday 13th September 2016

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler names his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Celtic striker Moussa Dembele the star man after his hat-trick against Rangers on Saturday.

Craig Fowler names his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Celtic striker Moussa Dembele the star man after his hat-trick against Rangers on Saturday.
GK - Cammy Bell (Dundee United)
The United goalkeeper saved three (count em, three!) spot-kicks in one half during Dundee United's 3-1 win at Dunfermline. United have not had the smoothest of starts to life in the second tier, but this could be the win that gets them going as they moved up to fourth place in the league table.
DC - Steven Anderson (St Johnstone)
Not only a sound defensive performance from the Saints centre-back, he also netted his side's first goal with an excellent finish on a tight angle at the back post. St Johnstone look likely to finish in the top six again this year. Reliable performers like Anderson are a big reason why.
DC - David McCracken (Falkirk)
With Peter Grant returning to the side soon, there is real competition for places among the Falkirk centre-back corps. One man who did his chances of keeping his place no harm was the veteran David McCracken. He was in commanding form as the Bairns defeated previously unbeaten Raith Rovers 2-0 at Stark's Park.
DC - Craig Halkett (Livingston)
Excellent performance from the defender in Livingston's 3-1 win at previous table-toppers Alloa. Halkett has recently been moved into the centre of defence after playing predominantly at right-back since his move last season, and it certainly paid off on Saturday as he helped his side record an excellent away win.
MR - Jamie Walker (Hearts)
Two goals from the Hearts winger as his side registered their third straight league victory. His team-mate Sam Nicholson is perhaps unfortunate not to earn a selection, having netted one and made two in the 3-1 win over Hamilton Accies, but he was a second-half substitute.
MC - Nir Bitton (Celtic)
A real tenacious performance from the midfielder, who is not exactly renowned for such play. That's the kind of lift an Old Firm derby can give, as Bitton played with real aggression, doing his bit to make life as uncomfortable as possible for the Rangers midfield and allow Celtic to dominate the area.
MC - Kyle Wilkie (East Fife)
It's been a slow start to this campaign for one of the stars from East Fife's promotion-winning season, but he looked back to his best on Saturday as the Fifers defeated Stranraer to move into the play-off places. Jamie Insall bagged a double, with Wilkie laying the second on a plate for the striker.
ML - Scott Sinclair (Celtic)
An assist and a goal for Scott Sinclair in Saturday's derby as the attacker continued his excellent start to life at Celtic. He produced the cross from which Moussa Dembele headed the hosts in front, then scored the crucial third goal when it looked like Rangers were playing their way back into the match.
FC - Moussa Dembele (Celtic)
The dream derby debut for the ex-Fulham striker, with a perfect hat-trick netted. Dembele showed great poise and ruthlessness to tuck away chances with both feet after heading Celtic ahead. How do you top a goalkeeper that saves three penalties? By becoming the first player to score three times in an Old Firm league game in 50 years. This week's star man.
FC - Derek Lyle (Queen of the South)
Lyle scored two and made the other as Queen of the South kept up their great start to the new campaign with a 3-1 win at struggling St Mirren. Many are assuming the second-tier crown already belongs to Hibernian, but Queens sit just two points behind them and defeated the Edinburgh side at Easter Road in the Betfred Cup.
FC - Ryan Wallace (Albion Rovers)
The Wee Rovers heaped further misery on now bottom Stenhousemuir with a 4-0 victory at the Exsel Group Stadium. The game was in the balance until Steven Boyd opened the scoring on 65 minutes but from there the visitors had no chance as Rovers continually burned them on the counter attack, with Wallace netting and earning an assist.