SPL Team of the Week - February 15
JAMIE HAMILL (Kilmarnock): An ever-improving presence at Rugby Park, Hamill was the pivotal performer in his side's comeback from 2-1 down to a precious 3-2 victory over St Johnstone. Quite apart from his darting runs forward that troubled his opponents, the 23-year-old was a pillar of solidity in his club's success.
MADJID BOUGHERRA (Rangers): There are days where the Algerian can look like a world-beater and his towering performance in the 3-0 mugging of Hibernian was one of them. He snuffed out the Edinburgh team's threat in the first half, oozed assurance throughout the contest and, on this evidence, must be worth a punt from an English Premier League club, even if reports linking him with Barcelona are unsubstantiated.
LEE WALLACE (Hearts): He might have been fortunate to get his name on the score sheet against Falkirk - his speculative cross drifted into the net, to the consternation of the visiting keeper, Robert Olejnik - but Wallace served up a masterful performance for the remainder of the contest, serving notice both of his skill and strength.
IAN BLACK (Hearts): Jim Jefferies made a winning start on his return to Tynecastle and Black was instrumental in sealing the 3-2 victory over Falkirk with a stunning shot that was worthy of settling any game. He had allegedly been involved in a post-match altercation with colleague Christian Nade last Wednesday, but the headlines generated by Black in this instance were all positive.
STEVEN DAVIS (Rangers): Other individuals might be attracting more publicity in the SPL, but quietly, methodically, Davis has emerged as one of the leading lights in Rangers' apparent charge towards retaining their SPL title. He was typically assured and poised as one of the architects of their ultimately comfortable win over Hibs.
DIOMANSY KAMARA (Celtic): He must have been scratching his head at the end of his side's thrilling, but damaging, 4-4 draw with Aberdeen. Given how quickly Kamara provided Celtic with the opening goal at Pittodrie, as the prelude to a providing a constant source of danger, his efforts should have yielded greater reward than a solitary point for the visitors. Then again, no side can truly prosper without a defence.
MEROUANE ZEMMAMA (Hibs): The little Moroccan maestro was the pick of the players on show throughout a close-fought first half at Ibrox. It was just unfortunate, from his perspective, that his strikers couldn't capitalise on his marauding efforts, and that the referee didn't spot Kris Boyd elbowing Zemmama during that period.
STEVEN MACLEAN (Aberdeen): One of Mark McGhee's transfer-window signings, the 27-year-old forward, recruited from Rangers, made a terrific impression during his club's dramatic encounter with Celtic. The Dons trailed 4-2 with only 15 minutes remaining, but MacLean's late brace guaranteed them a deserved share of the spoils.
KEVIN KYLE (Kilmarnock): Week in, week out, the big fellow puts his body on the line and, though there will always be fallow periods, Kyle keeps conjuring up the sort of goals that should ensure Kilmarnock's SPL safety. His close-range effort in the 3-2 triumph over St Johnstone wasn't flashy, but it earned a crucial three points for his men.
TONY MOWBRAY (Celtic): All right, his team collected four points from a possible six in the SPL. But, given that they had started the week ten points adrift of Rangers only for his players to blow a 4-2 lead at Pittodrie, Parkhead supporters are entitled to feel angry as their players find themselves running out of time and games to catch their Old Firm rivals. Yes, Mowbray has problems with injuries to his defenders, but that doesn't excuse the way that he left himself with so little cover there in the first place.