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Tuesday 25th September 2018

Team of the Week

Craig Telfer selects his SPFL Team of the Week, with Partick Thistle’s Blair Spittal the star man.

GK: Joe Lewis (Aberdeen)
Joe Lewis’s world-class save to deny Chris Cadden ensured Aberdeen took all three points from their encounter with Motherwell at Pittodrie. Cadden’s shot looked a surefire equaliser until Lewis, at full stretch, diverted it wide. For that alone, he merits his place in Team of the Week.

CB: Daryll Meggatt (East Fife)
East Fife moved into League 1’s top four following a fine 2-0 win over Stranraer. Daryll Meggatt was a major factor in the Fifers’ clean sheet, with a number of decisive headers and interventions over the course of the game.

CB: Martin McNiff (Clyde)
Martin McNiff was in tremendous form as Clyde thrashed Elgin City 4-1 at Broadwood. Although his two headed goals will garner the most praise, his all-round defending was excellent and prevented Elgin from making headway.

CB: James Tavernier
Rangers looked terrific in their 5-1 win over St Johnstone and turned in one of the most complete team performances of the season so far. Captain James Tavernier was the pick of the bunch and started the rout with a wonderful free-kick after just nine minutes.

LM: Graham Taylor (Edinburgh City)
Edinburgh City continued their wonderful start to their League 2 campaign with a fine 2-0 win over Queen’s Park at Hampden. Graham Taylor’s two goals, the first a smart close-range finish, the other a drive from the edge of the area, ensured the Citizens stay atop the division.

CM: Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston)
Keaghan Jacobs, making his 250th appearance for Livingston, a club record, was outstanding as his side took a point from league leaders Heart of Midlothian on Saturday. Alongside Shaun Byrne and Scott Pittman in the middle of the park, Jacobs was central to the Lions’ best moments with a gritty, combative display.

CM: Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock)
Aaron Tshibola was the best player on the pitch in Kilmarnock’s well-deserved 2-1 victory over Celtic. The on-loan Aston Villa midfielder was a powerhouse and his clever use of the ball and ceaseless running kept his side on the front foot throughout.

RM: Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle)
A marvellous display from the Team of the Week’s star man saw Partick Thistle pick up the three points against Queen of the South. Spittal set up Kris Doolan and equalised himself from close range before saving the best till last: an unstoppable drive from 25 yards to win the game 3-2.

LW: Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical)
Mickel Miller turned in a superb performance in Hamilton Academical’s 3-0 win over St Mirren. As well as netting a brace himself, he played a crucial role in Fredrik Brustad’s opener and was a perpetual menace throughout.

ST: Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United)
Lawrence Shankland scored his 14th and 15th goals of a remarkable season as Ayr United got the better of Alloa Athletic. His opening strike, a glorious first-time finish from a Mark Kerr cross, was a particular delight.

RW: Martin Boyle (Hibernian)
The Hibernian attacker was instrumental in his side’s fine 3-0 victory at Dundee. Six minutes into the second half, Boyle’s cute pass set up Florian Kamberi to open the scoring before he netted himself shortly afterwards following a surging run.