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Aug 31, 2009

SPL Clydesdale Bank Team of the Week

GOALKEEPER
ARTUR BORUC (Celtic):
The imposing Polish keeper has his detractors, but he was in scintillating form for the Parkhead club on Sunday, while they recorded a precious 1-0 victory over Hibs at Easter Road. Boruc produced a string of impressive saves, including twice denying the prolific Derek Riordan, fending off a David Wotherspoon half volley and, perhaps best of all, withstanding Paul Hanlon's blistering 25-yard shot to ensure a clean sheet for the visitors and continue their 100% record in the league.

DEFENDER
ANDY WEBSTER (Dundee United)
: One of a number of SPL personnel who is attracting attention from England as the transfer window approaches its close, the Tannadice man provided another rock-like performance throughout his club's 2-1 win over struggling Falkirk. As usual, Webster wasn't flashy, but he read the game to perfection and was a calming influence on the rest of his defence.

DEFENDER
ANDREAS HINKEL (Celtic)
: It's hardly surprising that this individual is gaining so many envious glances from English Premier League managers. Week in, week out, he is providing Celtic with solidity at the back, but also possesses an attacking threat when he roams further forward. Indeed, it was his incisive cross against Hibs which offered Georgios Samaras the opportunity to score the match's only goal in the 41st minute.

DEFENDER
DAVID OBUA (Hearts):
The 25 year-old Ugandan has recently exhibited increasing signs of adapting to life in the SPL and gained the Tynecastle side a share of the points with an 86th minute goal against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. With Hearts in turbulent waters, following a disappointing start to their SPL campaign, Obua's development has been one of the more positive aspects of their season to date.

MIDFIELDER
STEVEN DAVIS (Rangers):
The Northern Ireland international has been one of the Ibrox club's brightest acquisitions in the last couple of years and was in commanding form during Rangers' emphatic 4-1 trouncing of lowly Hamilton. Davis had a hand in three of the goals, might have grabbed a couple for himself, and generally looked a class apart from the visitors, in dictating the pace and tempo of the proceedings.

MIDFIELDER
JIM O'BRIEN (Motherwell):
The Fir Park men boast plenty of youthful talent in their ranks and nobody is rising to the demands of new manager, Jim Gannon, better than O'Brien, who shone in an otherwise uninspired goalless draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie. In common with the best players, he always seems to have plenty of time on the ball and his distribution should have yielded greater reward for the visitors.

MIDFIELDER
STEVEN WHITTAKER (Rangers):
Walter Smith is being forced to work on a tight budget, but the likes of Davis and Whittaker are making his life a bit easier with their substantial contributions in the SPL. His linking play with Davis was a constant delight to behold during the rout of Hamilton and the former Hibs stalwart also added a brace of goals to push his team to the top of the table for a couple of weeks at least.

MIDFIELDER
SCOTT BROWN (Celtic):
There are afternoons where players sparkle, other occasions when they have to put in a hard shift without gaining the chance to shine. Pitched against his old club at Easter Road, Brown had to settle for the latter option this weekend, but he was industrious, tenacious and committed in assisting the Bhoys to a 1-0 success, when lesser sides might have wilted after the controversial dismissal of Aiden McGeady.

FORWARD
DANNY CADAMARTERI (Dundee United):
The Englishman is proving to be one of the shrewdest recruits to the SPL and continued to repay the faith shown in him by Craig Levein with his third goal in as many matches to help the Dundonians beat Falkirk. He never stopped posing a threat and appears to be relishing his move North.

FORWARD
KRIS BOYD (Rangers):
He divides opinion like Simon Cowell. Some view him as an over-rated luxury, while others praise his instinctive scoring ability and determination to be his own man. Whatever one's view, Boyd simply keeps notching up goals and duly maintained his remarkable record with another couple against Hamilton. He might have ruled himself out of Scotland contention, but he is the SPL's most potent force.

FORWARD
STEPHEN McGINN (St Mirren):
The grandson of the former Celtic chairman, Jack, this precocious striker has already been called up by Scotland's under-21s and served further notice of his burgeoning potential with a brace of crucial goals in his team's hard-fought 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. These are the sort of contributions which might make all the difference when the relegation battle heats up in the months ahead.

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