SPL Team of the Week - March 20
GRAHAM STACK (Hibs): He must have been aghast at how his team-mates were a shadow of their early-season selves during what some observers described as a "2-1 hammering" in the Edinburgh derby. Stack wasn't blameless for one of the goals, but subsequently produced a string of fine saves to keep matters respectable.
JOSH THOMPSON (Celtic): The teenager has slotted assuredly into Tony Mowbray's ranks at Parkhead and scored his first goal for the Hoops in their 3-0 trouncing of St Johnstone. "He is a very conscientious boy," purred the manager afterwards and that quality, allied to his natural talent, has been evident in the last couple of months.
LEE WALLACE (Hearts): Alright, it wasn't as if Hibs were firing on even half their cylinders at Tynecastle, but Wallace maintained his recent form with a performance that was replete with poise and precision. Suddenly, from a situation where Hearts were struggling at Christmas, they have cranked into a formidable rhythm.
MARK WILSON (Celtic): Tony Mowbray seemed to have already one eye focused on next season with some of his selections against St Johnstone and Wilson filled the gap left by the injured Andreas Hinkel with aplomb. It may be that the Celts will end up with one trophy at most this year, but there is little doubting the talent of their squad.
MORGARO GOMIS (Dundee United): The Tannadice man was entitled to think that his exploits would guarantee victory over struggling Aberdeen, but the profligacy of those in front of him - Jon Daly excepted - meant that Peter Houston's men had to settle for a point. Still, Gomis bristled with purpose and created several fine chances.
ZANDER DIAMOND (Aberdeen): There were some unorthodox team formations in this weekend's SPL matches and we have gone for a fluid approach ourselves, given the Stakhanovite manner in which the mercurial Dons player covered every blade of grass at Pittodrie, whilst helping his side rally from a 2-0 deficit. Diamond's 32nd-minute goal brought the hosts back into contention and they went on to gain a draw.
GAVIN SWANKIE (St Johnstone): Derek McInnes was forced to field an injury-depleted line-up against Celtic, but Swankie stepped into the fray with a redoubtable determination not to be overawed by his opponents, His effort was eventually in a losing cause, but the industrious Swankie carved out several fine openings for his side.
RYAN FLYNN (Falkirk): The Bairns remain rooted to the bottom of the SPL, three points behind St Mirren, but Flynn has produced some telling contributions in recent weeks and his sweetly-struck volley was enough to earn his club what may prove to be a valuable 2-2 draw against Hamilton Academical at New Douglas Park.
ANDREW DRIVER (Hearts): The rumour mill around Tynecastle suggests that he will be sold in the summer, but, for the moment, Hearts fans are enjoying the skills of a player with a rich array of qualities. Driver broke the deadlock in the victory over Hibs and was all over his opponents like a rash during the early stages of the contest.
ROBBIE KEANE (Celtic): It appears that he won't be overstaying his welcome in Glasgow, but Parkhead supporters are grateful for the efficiency with which the on-loan Tottenham striker has rattled up goals. He collected his ninth - a penalty - in Celtic's comfortable win over St Johnstone and might have grabbed two or three more.
JON DALY (Dundee United): Having seized two goals during a frenetic opening blitz from the visitors to Pittodrie, Daly was sparking panic in the Aberdeen defence, but his heroics weren't equalled by those in his midst, and the New Firm tussle ended in stalemate. It wasn't Daly's fault, who buzzed with menace throughout the match.
JOHN HUGHES (Hibs): At Christmas, Hibs seemed destined to finish third in the SPL and were even challenging Celtic at one stage. Since then, they have slipped down several notches and Hughes seems unable to reverse the slide, despite having a face like thunder during Saturday's Edinburgh derby. Worse still, from his perspective, his big-name players have gone AWOL recently. Yogi needs them back, and quickly.