Another card of Premiership action, another host of top performing stars for us to have a look at.
Matchday eight of the Scottish Premiership took place over the weekend, throwing up some decent spectacles. Kilmarnock won with 10 men, Livi battled hard away to Celtic, Hibs earned a draw with Rangers and Motherwell stunned Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
With plenty of standout performances to choose from, here is NTOF’S Team of the Week from the last round of fixtures.
Another week in our team for the Hibs number one. He may have conceded his first two goals from open play this season against Rangers, but he pulled off numerous standout saves to help earn Jack Ross’ team a point.
A back three this week, Porteous is the first of our three centre-backs. The young defender hassled the Rangers attack all afternoon, defending astutely against an impressive forward line. The reactions he reeled in at full time were a testament to how much he frustrated Rangers.
Kilmarnock were playing with 10 men for most of their game with Hamilton. The veteran Rugby Park stopper defended valiantly at the back, helping limit Accies to virtually no chances despite their man advantage.
The second of four players returning to our XI this week, Mugabi continued his strong start to the season with a fine display in Motherwell’s 3-0 win over Aberdeen. He scored the third goal and made the most clearances of anybody on the park, on top of winning the most duels.
Taking up the right midfield slot is Boyle, the Hibs man making a reappearance in our lineup. Two assists whilst competing against Croatian international Borna Barisic was no mean feat as the Aussie international continues to flourish under Ross.
The experienced Ross County man got the winner, albeit a strange one, in the Staggies’ 1-0 victory away to St Johnstone. He showed composure when needed to help guide his side over the tight finishing line.
Kilmarnock’s number 10 is starting to show everyone the player Killie fans know he can be. After a good performance at Pittodrie last week, he added a goal to his name against Accies, dictating attacking play too.
We might as well leave this man in our team permanently. The Motherwell midfielder was again the star man in a terrific Well display, running the show against an impressive Dons midfield. We’ve ran out of compliments, just take our word for it that this battler is perhaps the Premiership’s most in-form player right now.
Our first Tangerines appearance in this XI, the Argentinian full-back earns his place after a solid performance against St Mirren. He scored the winner as Micky Mellon’s side beat the Buddies 2-1.
Speaking of United, here’s another Tannadice feature in our XI. Shankland returned from injury against his old side and in some style too, scoring a wonderful looping shot to break the deadlock in Tayside.
Everyone knows of the Motherwell forward’s talent, it’s getting it out of him consistently that has been the challenge. Watt showed on Sunday though that he can be a very effective weapon for Stephen Robinson, turning in a superb display as he lead the forward line with brilliant link-up play.