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SPL Clydesdale Bank Team of the Week

September 16, 2009
By Neil McDougall
(Archive)

GOALKEEPER
ALLAN McGREGOR (Rangers)
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Allan McGregor
SNSMcGregor saves Jim O'Brien's penalty at Fir Park.
The Rangers 'keeper had to be on his best form to salvage a point for his club against a sprightly Motherwell at Fir Park. He produced a terrific save to deny the hosts a late win from Jim O'Brien's penalty attempt and generally displayed the security lacking amongst several of his defenders.

DEFENDER
DANNY FOX (Celtic)
: Rapidly emerging as one of the best purchases of the summer, Fox was one of the few Celtic personnel to flourish during his team's 1-1 draw with Dundee United at Parkhead. He produced a terrific free kick in the second half, regularly stretched his opponents with his pace and was a pillar of solidity at the back as well.

DEFENDER
DAVID WEIR (Rangers)
: The veteran could have been excused for seeking an easy afternoon following his exertions on Scotland duty against the Netherlands, but he provided his usual resilience and tenacity to help Rangers escape with a point against Motherwell. He suffered an ankle knock, but was otherwise poise personified.

DEFENDER
ANDY WEBSTER (Dundee United)
: Craig Levein has already pulled off several masterstrokes during his early tenure at Tannadice and his recruitment of the Rangers player on loan is reaping dividends, on the evidence of the defender's display in thwarting Celtic. Adroit both going forward and in reverse gear, Webster was immaculate.

MIDFIELDER
JAMES WESOLOWSKI (Hamilton)
: In an otherwise mundane week of SPL action, Hamilton's defeat of Hibs dragged them off the bottom of the table and Wesolowski featured prominently in the victory. He worked tirelessly to wrest control away from the visitors and created space and an attacking platform for those around him.

MIDFIELDER
TOM HATELEY (Motherwell)
: The 20-year-old obviously has football in his genes. As the son of the former Rangers hero, Mark, the youngster tormented the Ibrox club throughout his club's spirited showing against the SPL champions on Saturday. Indeed, the sight of Hateley spreading possession like a master craftsman was sufficient to induce the feeling that he may not overstay his welcome in Scottish football.

MIDFIELDER
PRINCE BUABEN (Dundee United)
: He is a man blessed with one of the funkier names in the SPL and duly made Celtic dance to his beat, as Craig Levein's men ended their opponents' 100% record in the league. The Prince was imperial, against an admittedly weakened Celtic midfield, and always seemed to have plenty of time on the ball.

MIDFIELDER
SUSO SANTANA (Hearts)
: The Tenerife-born player produced a feast of thrills for Tynecastle supporters during his side's 1-0 success over Kilmarnock when the match was finally staged on Tuesday night, following Saturday's postponement. The Spanish midfielder, signed on a three-year deal in June, constantly tormented the visitors and generated enough momentum for his team to post an easier victory than they did.

STRIKER
MICKAEL ANTOINE-CURIER (Hamilton)
: The Accies picked up a precious victory over Hibernian - their first of the new campaign - and the striker, surprisingly out on loan from First Division side Dundee, was a willing contributor to the cause. He added to Simon Mensing's early goal with a splendid strike of his own and his incisive runs posed numerous problems for the under-par visitors to New Douglas Park.

STRIKER
DAVID GOODWILLIE (Dundee United)
: The Tannadice forward served up a rumbustious performance against Celtic which, on another day, might have yielded greater reward than a draw for his side. He scored a terrific early goal, almost nabbed a second, and generally buzzed with purpose throughout the proceedings.

STRIKER
ANDY DRIVER (Hearts)
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Andrew Driver
SNSDriver: Has represented England's Under-21 side.

Many words of praise have already been written about this player and he once again demonstrated his skill in scoring a superb volley to secure all three points for Hearts over Kilmarnock. After making his first start of the season, following heel and ankle injuries, Driver was the fulcrum of his club's attacking threat and his performance ensured a first win of the SPL campaign for the Gorgie men.

BAD WEEK: MADJID BOUGHERRA (Rangers): The Algerian has been in excellent form for his club this season, but was stupidly sent off for dissent after twice clashing with referee Dougie McDonald and also gave away Motherwell's penalty. Despite the efforts of his team-mates to restrain him, he wouldn't shut up, and will have to temper his aggression if Rangers are to gain any positive results in the Champions League.