ARTUR BORUC (Celtic): He has his critics and, even at the frantic finale of the Old Firm clash, there were snipers alleging that he didn't need to concede the corner which ultimately yielded Rangers their winning goal. But any fair-minded observer would have concluded Boruc was a rock and he was unlucky his efforts yielded naught.
SASA PAPAC (Rangers): One of the unsung heroes of the Ibrox club's title push this season, Papac was in typically purposeful mood during Sunday's Old Firm derby. Whether snuffing out the threat of Celtic's much-vaunted strike force, or foraging further upfield as the match progressed, he never stopped working for his team.
JOSH THOMPSON (Celtic): The 19 year-old is still learning his craft, but seems to have a bright future in front of him, as he exhibited whilst holding Rangers at bay for most of a typically visceral contest between the Glasgow rivals. Even when he made the occasional error, his ability to retrieve the situation highlighted his calmness under pressure.
GARRY KENNETH (Dundee United): Having earned inclusion in the Scotland squad for Craig Levein's first match in charge, the ever-improving Tannadice prospect served up a potent performance during his side's emphatic 3-0 win over Falkirk. He makes the difficult things look simple, which is a sure sign of his prodigious ability.
MAURICE EDU (Rangers): The American is still striving to complete his rehabilitation from injury by booking a World Cup berth, but whether he makes it to South Africa or not, he will scarcely ever score a more important goal than his last-minute winner for his club over Celtic, which effectively means that the SPL trophy is staying at Ibrox.
EGGERT JONSSON (Hearts): The Icelandic player conjured up a sublime piece of magic to score a magnificent goal, which settled the outcome of an otherwise sterile contest between his club and Aberdeen at Pittodrie. Jonsson's sublime overhead kick in the 65th minute was executed perfectly and was worthy of winning any match.
MORGARO GOMIS (Dundee United): He has become a cult hero on Tayside, and his brace of goals in the 30th and 87th minutes, both converted with trademark precision, allowed Peter Houston's inconsistent personnel to cruise to a comfortable victory over the SPL's basement boys, Falkirk.
KEVIN MOON (St Johnstone): Derek McInnes' ensemble have risen admirably to the challenge of ensuring their survival in the top flight and Moon shone brightly during their 1-1 draw with Hibernian. He never allowed his opponents to create any sustained momentum and was a constant thorn in the Edinburgh club's side.
JAMIE MURPHY (Motherwell): The 20-year-old Fir Park man has conjured up some significant goals in the last few weeks, as his team have embarked on an impressive sequence of recent results, and, just as on the previous weekend, Murphy's header in the 70th minute earned his side an important 1-0 win, this time against Kilmarnock.
DAVID GOODWILLIE (Dundee United): Another 20-year-old with a significant amount of potential, Goodwillie opened the scoring in United's 3-0 success over Falkirk and earned rich praise from his manager, Peter Houston, for his all-round contribution. "He's a real talent and could have scored more today," enthused Houston.
KENNY MILLER (Rangers): He didn't manage to find the net in the Old Firm derby tussle, but Miller's work rate was exemplary, as was his commitment to tracking back and causing problems for anybody in a Celtic jersey. Compared to him, his Ibrox colleague, Kris Boyd, looks nothing better than a high-class poacher.
TONY MOWBRAY (Celtic): There is no easy way of saying it: Old Firm managers are judged on where they finish in a league of two, and Mowbray looks to be coming a distinct second this year. His team didn't only lose to Rangers, but their leading lights failed to spark, which will be a double concern for Celtic supporters.