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Mar 7, 2010

SPL Team of the Week - March 7

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JOHN RUDDY (Motherwell): He might have lost an early goal against St Johnstone, but it was only the second conceded by the Fir Park side in the last 10 league matches, and Ruddy was in imperious form thereafter, producing some fine saves as Craig Brown's personnel rallied from going behind to record a 2-1 victory in Perth. DEFENDERS DANNY WILSON (Rangers): With Madjid Bougherra missing through injury, the teenager Wilson responded with another splendid performance throughout his team's hard-fought 3-1 victory over St Mirren at Ibrox. Solid and assured at the back, he also posed a threat moving forward and looks wholly comfortable at this level. LEE WALLACE (Hearts):His side might eventually have slipped to defeat against Dundee United, but Wallace was in effervescent, industrious mood, and did enough to show why the new Scotland manager, Craig Levein, values his qualities so highly. SOL BAMBA (Hibs): Week in, week out, this fellow is following in the footsteps of his manager, John Hughes, with a series of utterly determined, take-no-prisoners work in the Hibs rearguard. Nobody would accuse him of subtlety, but he stemmed the menace of Kilmarnock, who slumped to another defeat. MIDFIELDERS MORGARO GOMIS (Dundee United): There was nothing pretty about the manner of his team's 1-0 win over Hearts, but it lifted the Tayside club to third spot in the SPL race and Gomis, who conjured up some of the best things in a generally drab match, also broke the deadlock to continue his prolific scoring form of recent weeks. LEE McCULLOCH (Rangers): Fresh from returning to Scotland duty, the big Ibrox man served up an important contribution as his side attempt to wrap up the championship title. McCulloch might never be everybody's flavour of the month, but his brace of goals restored Rangers' advantage and they eventually collected another three points. LANDRY N'GUEMO (Celtic): He may be one of the lower-profile foreigners at Parkhead, but N'Guemo never takes a backward step, constantly puts opponents under pressure and his labours were pivotal to Celtic registering a convincing 2-0 success at Falkirk. Tony Mowbray layer praised his player's efficiency in the midfield area. ZANDER DIAMOND (Aberdeen): A little bustling hive of activity, the Pittodrie man halted Aberdeen's recent sorry losing streak with a totally committed display during their 1-1 draw with Hamilton. It was hardly a sparkling show from his colleagues, but Diamond earned them a share of the spoils with a 76th-minute goal. STRIKERS DEREK RIORDAN (Hibs): The Easter Road men have gone dramatically off the boil in the last two months, but finally returned to winning ways against Kilmarnock, courtesy of their maverick, Riordan, who capped an assiduous showing with a typically sweetly-struck free kick in the 78th minute to secure maximum points for his team. ROBBIE KEANE (Celtic): Other individuals complained about the state of the Falkirk pitch, but Keane simply got on with his job in scoring another brace of goals for his temporary employers. The first came after he showed his ability to skin an opponent, the second was a cute flick and these were sufficient to earn the Celts victory. JOHN SUTTON (Motherwell): Craig Brown has done a remarkable job since returning to the managerial hot seat, and his resurgent charges wrapped up a significant 2-1 triumph over St Johnstone with Sutton, always a threat to opponents, emerging to knock the stuffing out of his rivals with a clinical strike. BAD WEEK ALLAN McGREGOR (Rangers): The Ibrox keeper can't seem to avoid being dragged into tabloid controversy and is facing a fresh spate of lurid headlines over allegations that his girlfriend beat him up. Then, on Saturday, he was left rooted to the spot as St Mirren swept into a brief lead at Ibrox, before normal service resumed for the champions.

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