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Tuesday 18th September 2018

Team of the Week

Craig Telfer selects the SPFL Team of the Week, with Arbroath hat-trick hero Bobby Linn the star man.

Neil Parry
The best part-time goalkeeper in the country made his 100th appearance for Alloa Athletic in their stalemate with Dunfermline Athletic, turning in another typically-assured performance in the process. Parry made several solid stops to achieve his 29th clean sheet for the Wasps.

Anton Ferdinand
St Mirren’s hard-fought draw with Celtic on Friday was due in part to an excellent defensive display from Anton Ferdinand. Making his debut for the Buddies, the former West Ham United centre-back was imperious and kept the champions at bay with a number of a timely interventions and blocks.

John Souttar
John Souttar delivered an outstanding captain’s performance in Heart of Midlothian’s slender victory over Motherwell. Unfazed by the muscular threat of Ryan Bowman and Curtis Main, Souttar won the majority of his duels both in the air and on the ground while his distribution from the back was crucial in keeping his side on the front foot.

David Wilson
Elgin City defender David Wilson showed his class and versatility as his team cruised to a 3-0 victory away to Berwick Rangers. Whether it was part of a back three or a back four later in the match, Wilson’s timing in the tackle was crucial in stopping Berwick from getting a foothold.

Bobby Linn
The most in-form player in League 1 right now, Bobby Linn was sensational throughout Arbroath’s 3-1 win over local rivals Forfar Athletic. The SPFL Team of the Week’s star man scored a stunning hat-trick, capped by a glorious free-kick, to maintain the Lichties’ tremendous start to the season.

Stevie Mallan
Before Hibernian’s match with Kilmarnock, Stevie Mallan had spoken about becoming known as a free-kick specialist and the midfielder did not disappoint with a jaw-dropping strike that opened the scoring. This, along with his general use of the ball, ensured his team earned a 3-2 win.

Scott Arfield
Rangers were generally excellent in their 4-0 win over Dundee and key to their victory was the performance of Scott Arfield in the heart of midfield. Arfield drove his team forward from deep with his enthusiasm and energy and was involved in the majority of their good play.

Willie Gibson
Willie Gibson played well throughout Peterhead’s 4-2 triumph at Cowdenbeath but his goal – a stunning hit from around 60 yards – was quite remarkable and not the kind of strike you’d ordinarily find in League 2. For that alone, he deserves his place in our Team of the Week.

Lawrence Shankland
Trailing 2-0 at the interval, Ayr United’s chances of salvaging something from their match with Falkirk looked bleak. Lawrence Shankland, however, had other ideas and took matters into his own hands, scoring three minutes after the restart to instigate a stunning 3-2 comeback.

Blair Henderson
League 2 leaders Edinburgh City continued their wonderful start to the campaign with a 2-1 win over Annan Athletic. Striker Blair Henderson, probably in the best form of his career right now, scored both goals and took his total for the season to seven in six league games.

Greg Stewart
The Kilmarnock forward was unlucky to be on the losing side in Saturday’s meeting with Hibernian. Stewart was a menace throughout and played an important role in Eamonn Brophy’s well-taken strike, before thumping a gorgeous left-footed equaliser high into the net.