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Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Team of the Week

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Dougie Imrie among those making the XI and Willie Gibson named star man.

Craig Fowler selects his latest SPFL Team of the Week, with Dougie Imrie among those making the XI and Willie Gibson named star man.

GK - Craig Gordon (Celtic)
The shot-stopper made two fantastic saves during the second half of Saturday's Old Firm derby to earn his side a point. First, he denied James Tavernier's acrobatic effort with a reactionary stop then he somehow managed to divert Alfredo Morelos's close-range header round the post with his leg.

CB - Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian)
The centre-back was once again in imperious form as Hearts recorded a sixth straight clean sheet, marking a new club record, with the 0-0 draw at Aberdeen. Berra is now being talked up as a contender for Player of the Year in the top flight.

CB - Jack Hendry (Dundee)
Another performance full of poise from the 22-year-old, who has been excellent for Dundee throughout this season. On this occasion his display helped the Dens Park side record a 2-0 victory in the Tayside derby against St Johnstone, moving them five points clear of bottom spot.

CB - Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock)
The centre-back continued his fine form of late with another strong showing in Kilmarnock's 1-1 draw away to Hibs. The home side dominated territory and possession but struggled to break through Kilmarnock's resilient back-line.

MR - James Tavernier (Rangers)
The right-back will look back on the meeting with Celtic and wonder how he didn't come away with two assists and a goal for his efforts. Gordon made a terrific save to stop him scoring, while Morelos passed up a pair of chances from Tavernier's deliveries.

MC - Tom Taiwo (Falkirk)
The diminutive midfielder put in another terrier-like showing to help Falkirk secure a long-awaited victory, triumphing 3-2 over Queen of the South to move to within five points of safety.

MC - Adam Barton (Partick Thistle)
Having been moved back into his position of sweeper at the heart of the back three, Barton has shone for Thistle in recent games. He was at it again on Saturday, helping to marshall the back-line and begin attacks by carrying the ball forward as the home side defeated Ross County 2-0 in a crucial battle at the bottom.

ML - Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Accies)
The wing-back put in a display full of heart and desire as Hamilton Accies came from a goal down at the home of their Lanarkshire rivals to defeat Motherwell 3-1. The veteran started the comeback by converting a penalty after Peter Hartley handled the ball in the area.

AM - Lewis Morgan (St Mirren)
The biggest match of the Ladbrokes Championship season so far saw St Mirren and Dundee United battle it out on Friday night. The home side emerged 2-0 winners and moved five points clear at the top thanks to one man in particular, Lewis Morgan. Not for the first time this season, the electric winger was his side's match-winner with both goals.

AM - Willie Gibson (Peterhead)
Two assists and a peach of a free-kick was Gibson's reward for a man-of-the-match showing as Peterhead thumped League 2 leaders Montrose 6-2 at Links Park. His deliveries into the penalty area were a constant source of danger for the visitors, who moved to within three points of their opponents. He is this week's star man.

FC - Matthew Aitken (Forfar Athletic)
The 20-year-old striker netted the equaliser and winner as bottom side Forfar completed a stunning turnaround at the home of League 1 table-toppers Ayr United. The visitors were 2-0 down with 15 minutes remaining, yet came back to claim a 3-2 victory. Aitken tied it up with an overhead kick from eight yards before firing in a low finish from the edge of the penalty area.