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Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Team of the Week

Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham picks up the 'star man' accolade in SPFL Team of the Week.

Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham picks up the 'star man' accolade in SPFL Team of the Week.
Terrace Podcast contributor Craig Fowler picks his top XI from the weekend's league action and explains why each player deserves special recognition for their performance.
GK - Wes Foderingham (Rangers)
The keeper made three terrific saves in Rangers' 1-0 win at Queen of the South. Without the Englishman's heroics, it's likely Rangers wouldn't have won, and could possibly have been beaten, from what was a below-par showing at Palmerston. He's this week's star man.
DC - Joe Shaughnessy (St Johnstone)
Renowned for playing at full-back for most of his career, 'big throw' Joe is showing himself to be quite adept at covering in the centre. He put in a solid shift, particularly in the air, as St Johnstone came from behind to defeat Motherwell on Saturday.
DC - Will Vaulks (Falkirk)
The recent injury to Peter Grant, and lack of cover at right-back (where natural centre-back Aaron Muirhead is stationed) meant Vaulks had to drop into the back four for Falkirk's trip to Morton. While the Bairns may have missed his dynamism in midfield, they were as solid as ever in defence, registering a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
DC - Craig Reid (Dunfermline)
The former Motherwell defender was solid in Dunfermline's 2-1 win at Brechin. It was an important result for the league leaders. They may be eight points clear at the summit, but Peterhead's red-hot form means they can't rest on their laurels just yet.
MR - Martin Boyle (Hibs)
Boyle was one of seven changes from the side that defeated Hearts in the Scottish Cup as Hibs notched up another victory at home to Alloa. The speedy attacker started at wing-back and used his terrific pace to break through the offside trap, calmly lifting the ball over the onrushing Scott Gallacher. He was then in the right place at the right time to make it 3-0 later in the match.
MC - Ian McShane (Ross County)
Country managed to earn all three points despite losing a man and then a goal in their clash with Hamilton. With the score tied at 1-1, McShane stepped up to take a free-kick, which he bent over the wall and in at the keeper's near post.
MC - Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United)
The midfielder scored two fine goals, including an acrobatic overhead kick, in his side's 2-1 victory over Forfar on Saturday evening. Ayr have fallen out of the title race, but if Stevenson can continue his good form then they could regroup and get back to their best for the play-offs.
MC - Aidan Connolly (Raith Rovers)
The youngster, let go by Dundee United, has impressed since joining Raith. He's given the Stark's Park side an attacking impetus they've been lacking for most of the campaign and he put in another eye-catching performance as they moved back into the top four with a 2-0 victory over Livingston.
ML - Kieran Tierney (Celtic)
Celtic put in a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ performance in their 3-0 victory over Inverness at the weekend, struggling for the game's opening hour before blowing their visitors away in the final 30 minutes. One player who stood out above the rest throughout, however, was Tierney. The teenager has been excellent since moving into the first team and his form doesn't show any sign of slowing down.
FC - Chris Templeman (Montrose)
The veteran striker was a January signing from Forfar and he's beginning to show his worth with a terrific performance and goal in Montrose's 3-1 win over Elgin. Considering the visitors were top of the table prior to the match, it was arguably the result of the weekend in the lower leagues.
FC - Alex Schalk (Ross County)
What a find the Dutchman is proving to be. While possessing decent movement and a good first touch, the thing that stands out about Schalk is his determination. This helped him leap above all others, despite being among the shortest players on the park, to head Country in front against Hamilton.