Paul Hanlon’s return to form at Hibs has been rewarded by the SPFL, who have named him in their Team of the Week.

The likes of Lawrence Shankland, Motherwell’s Mark Gillespie and Ryan Christie have all been named alongside Hanlon.

Hibs topper Hanlon has been named in the SPFL Team of the Week (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s a good nod for the Hibees stalwart after a tough start to the season.

Hanlon has responded to his critics

Hanlon has been under pressure this season. He has been part of a leaky defence which conceded 18 goals in six games prior to a positive week.

He’s been brilliant over the past two games against Celtic and Kilmarnock though, returning to the form Hibs fans have come to expect from their defensive stalwart.

Excellent as of late. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Against Celtic he was brilliant. Hanlon was solid in the middle of defence as the likes of Odsonne Edouard struggled to make their mark on the game.

That was in no small part down to Hanlon’s work. It was in the air where the centre-back was most effective, stopping most Celtic crosses with ease.

It’s pivotal for both him and Hibs that this form continues. When Hanlon is on form, Hibs are solid at the back and that has been very evident over the past week.

A pivotal figure. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

For the Hibees’ sake, the 29-year-old must continue to improve.

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