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Tuesday 15th December 2015

SPFL Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Stirling Albion forward Darren Smith (pictured, left) the star man after his hat-trick at Montrose.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Stirling Albion forward Darren Smith (pictured, left) the star man after his hat-trick at Montrose.

GK - Neil Parry (Airdrieonians)
A case of nominative determinism if ever there was one. Parry made a number of fine stops throughout the match as Airdrie halted a two-game skid with a 3-1 victory at Stranraer which drew them level in fourth place and the final play-off spot.

DC - Ben Richards-Everton (Dunfermline Athletic)
Dunfermline fans are quite taken with the towering stopper and his brand of no-nonsense defending, especially after he played an important role in the top-of-the-table win at second-placed Ayr United. The hosts will be disappointed they couldn't do more to break down the opposing back-line, with Big Ben and company in imposing form as the 10 men snatched all three points.

DC - Jason Marr (Alloa Athletic)
The centre-back was restored to the starting XI by interim boss Paddy Connolly and made a telling impact at both ends of the park. In defence he was rock solid as Alloa recorded a vital clean sheet in the relegation six-pointer with Livingston. Not content with that, he even set up his side's winning goal after his cross provided Robbie Crawford with the means to score.

DC - Dedryck Boyata (Celtic)
The centre-back followed up a solid display in Istanbul on Thursday with another strong showing in Celtic's 3-0 win over St Johnstone. The Belgian international has all the tools to thrive in Celtic's defence and the lapses in concentration are now becoming few and far between the more game time he is given.

MR - Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen)
The winger put in a tremendous display in Aberdeen's 1-0 victory over Hearts that pushes them seven points clear of the Tynecastle club in second place. In the first half, in particular, Hayes was at the heart of every Dons attack as the hosts dominated the visitors. His ability to run with the ball and cross with both feet was a nightmare for Hearts to defend.

MC - Tom Rogic (Celtic)
The Australian continued his terrific campaign with a man-of-the-match worthy performance in Celtic's win at McDiarmid Park. Rogic may not be as flashy as some attacking midfielders, but he has terrific technique, makes smart, quick decisions, and continually links play with team-mates, even in crowded areas, to keep attacks going.

MC - Dylan Easton (Elgin City)
Ever since signing for the Moray club, the former St Johnstone playmaker has been a stand-out. In Saturday's 3-2 win at Berwick Rangers he provided his team with two superb assists and helped ensure the long drive back up the road would be a happy one.

ML - Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT)
One of the best attacking midfielders in Scotland two seasons ago, it's great to finally see Vigurs get back up to speed following an injury-plagued campaign last time round before he struggled to initially find a club this summer. Without Ryan Christie, Inverness were relying on the wide player to provide the creative spark against Kilmarnock. He went even further than that, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory.

FC - Louis Moult (Motherwell)
The Fir Park faithful is positively smitten with the English striker. Very few players in the country work harder than he does, but he also complements that attribute with intelligent running, good control and a keen eye for goal. He took his tally to nine goals for the season amid an undoubted man-of-the-match showing as Motherwell defeated Dundee 3-1.

FC - Nadir Ciftci (Celtic)
After receiving some criticism this season, it was heartening to see the Turkish striker produce the kind of match-winning contribution that made him a star at Tannadice. Ciftci took his two goals superbly and demonstrated an effective all-round game. Hopefully this gives him the impetus to kick on at Celtic Park.

FC - Darren Smith (Stirling Albion)
For the second week in a row our star man comes from the Binos. On this occasion it is hat-trick hero Darren Smith, who netted all three of his team's goals in their 3-1 victory over Montrose. The former Motherwell man has struggled with injury over the past year or so but recently returned to the starting line-up and netted for the second successive week.