Big wins for the title challengers, Hibs and Aberdeen lose ground: Scottish Premiership Team of The Week
In the first edition of the Scottish Premiership Team of the Week, Adam Mackintosh picks his best XI from this past weekend, as Celtic and Hibs traded blows in a six goal-thriller, Hearts extended their advantage at the top and Rangers finally won on the road.
GK – Zdenek Zlamal – Hearts’ Czech goalkeeper had little to in the first half as his side raced into a 2-0 lead. However, Aberdeen improved in the second half and could have won a point if it was not for Zlamal’s late fingertip save from Gary Mackay-Steven’s shot.
RB – James Tavernier – The Rangers captain scored two penalties in Rangers’ win at Hamilton. This was his seventh successful penalty of the season – from seven attempts, his eighth of the season overall.
CB – Craig Halkett – The former Rangers man continued his brilliant start to the season with a goal and a clean sheet in Livingston’s 4-0 home victory over Dundee. His early season form has led to speculation over a return to Ibrox and performances like this one will not make it go away.
CB – Declan Gallagher – Another of Livi’s outstanding central defensive trio. Gallagher scored the first and alongside Halkett and fellow goal scorer, Alan Lithgow, kept Dundee to very few chances.
LB – Ricki Lamie – Another vital part of a Livingston defence that has only conceded five goals so far this season. The left wingback looked solid as his side picked up another clean sheet.
CM – Alan Power – The Irishman scored a spectacular equaliser in Kilmarnock’s 2-1 win over St Mirren. This was the fourth match in a row in which Killie have conceded the first goal but have come back to win and the midfielder was instrumental in the turnaround.
CM – Tom Rogic – A goal and an assist for the Australian playmaker helped Celtic to victory over Hibernian. The goal was a fine strike from outside the box and the assist was a neat through ball into the path of Olivier Ntcham.
CM – Arnaud Djoum – The Cameroon international scored the opening goal for Hearts as they won 2-1 against Aberdeen at Tynecastle. The bullet header into the top corner was his first goal of the season in a victory which kept them top of the league
RW – Greg Stewart – The 28-year-old provided two assists as Kilmarnock won 2-1 in Paisley. The forward has already equalled his goalscoring tally of last season which he spent on loan at Aberdeen.
ST – Odsonne Edouard – Two goals for the Frenchman helped his Celtic side to thrilling 4-2 victory over Hibs at Celtic Park. It was his fourth goal in his last three games after a slow start for the club’s record signing after making his loan move permanent.
LW – Ryan Kent – Scored the opening goal in Rangers’ 4-1 away win. The on-loan Liverpool winger produced a moment of quality in a match that was in desperate need of some with a dinked finish over the Hamilton goalkeeper Gary Woods.