Celtic triumph in fiery Old Firm clash, St Mirren take step towards survival – Team of the Week

The title race is all but over in the Scottish Premiership following Celtic’s dramatic victory over Rangers in the third Old Firm derby of the season, while at the bottom of the table St Mirren climbed from the foot of the table, beating relegation rivals Dundee in the process.

There were also wins for Kilmarnock & Hibs, while Hearts pulled off a stunning comeback at home to Aberdeen. It’s Adam Mackintosh with the team of the week.

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Ikpeazu scored his first league goals since August

Goalkeeper

Mark Gillespie – The Motherwell goalkeeper saved a first half penalty as his side beat St Johnstone 3-0 to keep their faint top six hopes alive. This was his third penalty save of the season, with two of them coming against the Perth Saints.

Defence

Kristoffer Ajer – The Norwegian defender made a goal saving tackle at the death for Celtic as they beat Rangers 2-1. Victory for Celtic means that they could win the title as early as next weekend.

Gary McKenzie – The defender excelled as he made his first appearance since last April in St Mirren’s crucial 2-1 win over Dundee. This was the Saints’ fifth win of the season, two of them coming against Dundee.

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Taylor scored his first Kilmarnock goal after 87 appearances (Credit: SNS Group)

Greg Taylor – The fullback scored his first professional goal for Kilmarnock as they won comprehensively at home to Hamilton. The 21-year-old’s only other career goal was against Brazil in the 2017 Toulon Tournament.

Midfield

Stevie Mallan – The midfielder scored a fine goal as Hibs continued their great form with a 2-1 win away at Livingston. This was his 11th goal of the season in all competitions.

Brad Lyons – The Northern Irishman scored the vital winner as St Mirren beat their relegation rivals Dundee 2-1. This was Lyons’ first professional goal and a win that took St Mirren off the bottom of the table.

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Lyons’ first goal came at the ideal time for the Saints

Youssouf Mulumbu – The Congolese midfielder scored his first goal since returning to Kilmarnock in January as they beat Hamilton 5-0 at Rugby Park. Killie are five points behind their tally from last season with seven games of the season left.

Jake Mulraney – Playing in a somewhat unfamiliar wingback role, the former Inverness man impressed as Hearts beat Aberdeen 2-1 at Tynecastle. This was Aberdeen’s first away defeat since November.

Attack

Odsonne Edouard – The French striker scored one and set up another as Celtic beat Rangers 2-1 at Celtic Park. This was the striker’s 19th goal of the season and the win put Celtic 13 points clear at the top of the league.

Uche Ikpeazu – The powerful striker was pivotal for Hearts as they beat Aberdeen at Tynecastle. This was his sixth goal of the season and brings the Jambos to within two points of Aberdeen in fourth place.

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The target man took a heavy head knock towards the end of Hearts’ win (Credit: Getty Images)

Curtis Main – Another selfless performance helped Motherwell to 3-0 win at home against St Johnstone. The striker has only scored once since the start of the year but his performances as a lone striker have been vital to the upturn in fortunes for the Fir Park club.

 

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