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Tuesday 4th September 2018

Heart of Midlothian

Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his SPFL Team of the Week, with Steven Naismith the star man after his first-half hat-trick for Hearts against St Mirren.

GK - Mark Ridgers (Inverness CT)
The goalkeeper impressed as Caley Thistle claimed a notable 3-0 win against Dunfermline at East End Park to stay unbeaten in the Ladbrokes Championship this season.

DC - Craig Halkett (Livingston)
Livingston have taken seven points from four games thanks to a stellar defensive effort and it was the same again as they defeated Hibs 2-1. While there was too much competition for Scott Pittman or Shaun Byrne to make it into our midfield, Halkett is included for his performance at the back.

DC - Tom Aldred (Motherwell)
Now Motherwell are cooking with gas. The visitors defeated Dundee 3-1 on Saturday, earning their first victory of the Premiership campaign. Aldred shone in defence, as did Gael Bigirimana in midfield.

DC - David McKay (Raith Rovers)
The young defender was the stand-out member of the back four as Raith Rovers hammered Forfar Athletic 4-0 at Stark's Park. The spectacular turnaround against Airdrie the previous week and this emphatic win moves Rovers level on points with League 1 leaders Arbroath.

MR - Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian)
Three goals and an assist; as far as first halves go, they don't get much better than that. Naismith helped put St Mirren to the sword as Hearts continued their 100% start to the season and was then rewarded with a place in the Scotland squad. He's this week's star man.

MC - Olivier Ntcham (Celtic)
The midfielder was the stand-out performer, and netted the game's only goal, as Celtic made it 12 derbies without losing thanks to a comfortable 1-0 victory over Rangers at Parkhead.

MC - Blair Alston (St Johnstone)
Alston's energy in the centre of the park was a massive factor in Saints continuing their bright start to the campaign as they defeated Hamilton Accies 2-1 at the Hope CBD Stadium. Netting the first goal also helped.

ML - Joao Victoria (Airdrieonians)
The attacker sparkled as Airdrieonians defeated Stranraer 2-0 at the Penny Cars Stadium and put the finishing touch on the victory with a late second goal.

FC - Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock)
The forward harassed the Aberdeen defence throughout Kilmarnock's 2-0 victory at Pittodrie. He significantly contributed to the win with a beautifully-taken free-kick and it was also Brophy who was brought down by the red-carded Michael Devlin after just five minutes.

FC - Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South)
DC have announced there's no point in making any more Superman movies because the all-conquering, near-indestructible hero doesn't come close to matching the feats of the Queen of the South striker. Dobbie netted a first-half hat-trick, his second in as many weeks, before adding a fourth goal late on in Queens' 5-0 demolition of Ayr. The only reason we didn't award him star man is because we give it to him nearly every week!

FC - Andy Jackson (Brechin City)
Two goals for Jackson won Brechin a point away to League 1 leaders Arbroath. Darren Dods' side stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Dumbarton the previous week and rallied for a draw after falling two goals behind at Gayfield.