SPL Clydesdale Bank Team of the Week
Defender - Andreas Hinkel (Celtic):
The word on the grapevine is that this talented German player will not be overstaying his welcome in the SPL, en route to the English Premiership, with several clubs bidding for his services. On this performance, that confirmation would be a blow for Parkhead supporters, because Hinkel was exciting going forward and a dumper truck, when required to be, at the back.
Defender - Danny Fox (Celtic):
It might be premature to start lavishing praise on the 23 year-old recruit from Coventry City, but he produced an accomplished performance as Celtic launched their new season with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie. Convincing in his defensive chores, and efficient in his distribution, Fox will face sterner challenges than this, but he was forthright afterwards in expressing his view that the quality of the SPL is too often unfairly criticised. "It doesn't get the credit it deserves. People have said that if the Old Firm headed South, they would have to go to the Championship, but I think they would hold their own in the Premiership."
Defender - David Weir (Rangers):
George Burley ignored the merits of the veteran defender when choosing his squad for the Norway debacle. On this evidence, that was Scotland's loss, not Rangers', as Weir served up a master class in defending without fuss or impetuosity, which was pivotal to the SPL champions' 4-1 win over Falkirk. Time and again, he prevented trouble brewing with a deft interception or a crucial block and, with time running out for Burley, he surely cannot snub Weir next time round.
Midfielder - Jody Morris ( St Johnstone):
Eyebrows were raised in certain quarters when the controversial Englishman decided to relocate to Perth - some people even joked that he had thought he was heading to Australia when he put pen to paper - but Morris demonstrated his range of abilities in anchoring the midfield as newly-promoted St Johnstone gained their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Motherwell. A powerful presence in all his side's best efforts, Morris allowed those around him to prosper and nobody more so that his 21 year-old colleague, Murray Davidson.
Midfielder - Ross Forbes (Motherwell):
The young midfielder seemed to fall out of favour with the previous Motherwell manager, Mark McGhee, but served up a sparkling display during his side's hard-fought 2-2 draw in Perth. He worked tirelessly to help the visitors recover from early problems and also conjured up a superb goal with consummate control and poise at the vital moment. Definitely one to watch as the season continues.
Midfielder - Aiden McGeady (Celtic):
He might not have enjoyed a cordial relationship with his previous manager, Gordon Strachan, but Tony Mowbray has granted McGeady a licence to thrill and his cracking second goal has already become a favourite with visitors to the ESPN site. He tormented the Aberdeen rearguard throughout a scintillating first-half showing, twice finding the net, and his skill and elusiveness made him altogether too hot a proposition for the home side. On this form, McGeady will worry any opponents.
Midfielder - Patrick Cregg (Hibernian):
Signed from Falkirk during the close season by his old gaffer, John Hughes, Cregg recovered from a controversial early challenge by St Mirren's Steven Thomson - which earned the latter a red card - and stamped his authority over the proceedings amidst his team's 2-1 win at Easter Road. Cregg is nobody's idea of a shrinking violet in full flow, but he has risen to the challenge of moving to Edinburgh and, on this shown, amply justified his manager's faith.
Forward - Kenny Miller (Rangers):
He was left to plough a lone furrow in Scotland's dispiriting defeat in Norway, but Miller returned to centre stage with a coruscating performance which helped Rangers brush aside Falkirk at Ibrox. Often asked to run himself ragged, Miller, in this instance, left the visitors bedraggled with a shining illustration of the powers, precision and panache at his disposal and was well worth his brace of goals. What Scotland wouldn't give for a couple of these next month!
Forward - Danny Cadamarteri (Dundee United):
He might feel he is slumming it, after moving up to the SPL from Everton, but the striker was one of the main differences between the sides as Hearts were disposed of 2-0 at Tannadice. Perhaps lucky to gain a 2nd minute penalty, Cadamarteri was unfortunate not to gain a second spot kick in the first half, but he showed his class with a 85th minute strike which testified to his clinical approach to finishing. "That was great," he said thereafter. No argument there.
Forward - Kevin Kyle (Kilmarnock):
Since moving north from Coventry, the former Scotland striker has enjoyed a prolific spell at Rugby Park and was on the mark twice as the catalyst for his side's emphatic 3-0 success over Hamilton. "I'm not a natural goal-scorer like Kris Boyd or Scott McDonald, but I always feel that if I am playing week in, week out, I'll get my fair share," said Kyle. "I can't get any more confident and I have just got to keep doing what I am doing." Are you listening, Mr Burley?