SPL Team of the Week - February 21
JOSH THOMPSON (Celtic): With Tony Mowbray's men in the throes of an injury crisis to their experienced defenders, the onus has been shouldered by the 18 year-old and he has risen to the challenge in fine style, demonstrating myriad signs of his poise under pressure during his team's 1-0 success over Dundee United. A bigger test awaits him next week at Ibrox, but the signs are that he will not be fazed by an Old Firm clash.
SOL BAMBA (Hibs): His club are going through a difficult spell and suffered their third SPL defeat in a row on Saturday, but Bamba couldn't be blamed for the 1-0 reverse to Motherwell, following the early sending-off of Liam Miller. He and Chris Hogg appeared to have gained their side a point, prior to Jamie Murphy's late goal, but Bamba put in a massive shift for John Hughes and didn't deserve to end up amongst the losers.
MARIUS ZALIUKAS (Hearts): The Lithuanian has been a pillar of solidity at the back for his team and was involved in making several telling contributions again, while resisting Hamilton, with a string of important tackles and crucial clearances. He was booked in the process, but nobody can possibly question his commitment.
LANDRY N'GUEMO (Celtic): He doesn't enjoy the high profile of some of his colleagues at Parkhead, but week in, week out, N'Guemo's understated displays are paving the way for success for those around him. He was typically industrious and motivated once more as the hosts maintained a vice-like grip on Dundee United.
JIM O'BRIEN (Motherwell): Ever since Craig Brown replaced Jim Gannon at Fir Park, the Lanarkshire club have been on an upward curve and the consistency and initiative of O'Brien have been instrumental to their resurgence. He picked up a yellow card for his part in a stramash, but it was the only blot on his copybook in the win over Hibs.
SCOTT ARFIELD (Falkirk): The Scotland Under-21 player has been one of the few reasons for Bairns fans to be cheerful, in Falkirk's otherwise disappointing SPL campaign and the youngster was solidity personified once more as Steven Pressley's personnel gave themselves hope with a spirited 3-1 triumph over hapless Aberdeen.
DAVID OBUA (Hearts): The former Kaizer Chiefs player had grown in popularity among the Tynecastle support since arriving in Edinburgh in 2008 and the Ugandan, as assiduous as usual, scored the goal which ended the stalemate and allowed the injury-ravaged hosts to record a valuable 2-0 victory against Hamilton on Sunday.
ENOCH SHOWUNMI (Falkirk): The big man was signed on loan from Leeds United and, though hardly the silkiest of performers, he excites his supporters and worries rival defenders in equal measure. His stunning goal - a marvellous left-foot volley - in the 3-1 win over Aberdeen showed his ability to grab half chances with terrific aplomb.
BILLY MEHMET (St Mirren): He only seems to deal in spectacular goals and his strike on Saturday was the highlight of an otherwise sterile draw between the Saints and Kilmarnock. The entertainment value might have been limited, but Mehmet raised the roof and guaranteed that his club remained at a safe distance from the drop zone.
MARK McGHEE (Aberdeen): The Dons manager was entitled to criticise his players, following their spineless display against Raith Rovers in crashing out of the Scottish Cup. Yet, judging by the visitors' response whilst plummeting to a 3-1 defeat against the SPL's bottom club, Falkirk, it seems that McGhee has a mission impossible on his hands. He has no money to bolster his team and they are currently going nowhere fast.