So here’s the challenge – Try to pick a ‘best so far’ team for the Scottish Premiership but do it by including every single team (apart from one). You can only pick one player from each club in your side but you can use any formation you want.
For the Perennial Underachievers side the lineup looks like this –
A 3-5-2 formation of –
Virgil van Dijk Jarowslaw Fojut Mark Connolly
Marley Watkins Chris Millar Abdul Osman Jonny Hayes
Henrik Ojamaa David Clarkson
GK – Mark Brown (Ross County) – In a season of very poor performances from Ross County their goalkeeper Mark Brown has managed to hold his head high. He has put in some very decent performances and has helped County get some vital points as they look to get out of the relegation zone.
CB – Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) – Van Dijk has been Celtic’s best player for some time now and it is a case that the club are now trying to hold on to their prize asset. He will probably leave Celtic sooner rather than later and he looks like having a great career ahead of him (he is still only 23).
CB – Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) – The giant Polish centre back has certainly made his mark on this Dundee United side. He has been a rock at the heart of the Arabs defence and has brought genuine strength and aggression to a team that really needed it. He isn’t the quickest but he is a committed and composed defender.
CB – Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) – Connolly has been one of the real finds this season. He left Crawley Town at the end of last season and he found himself travelling north to join the Rugby Park club. Still very young he has shown himself to be a very accomplished defender and someone who could have a very big future if he keeps on improving.
RM – Marley Watkins (Inverness) – This has been a really impressive season for Watkins. He has shown some tremendous form and is getting better by the week. Strong and physical he possesses wonderful pace and is very difficult to push off the ball. Consistency has been the key to his success this season and Caley fans will be hoping that continues.
CM – Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) – Every good team needs a strong defensive midfielder and that is exactly what Osman gives Partick Thistle. The Ghanaian midfielder has settled in very quickly at Firhill with performances that have delighted supporters. He holds the ball well, wins the important tackles and he manages to keep things simple in the middle of the park.
CM – Chris Millar (St.Johnstone) – Another midfielder who manages to do the work that sometimes can go under-appreciated Much like Osman, Millar is the player that wins the ball and makes the simple pass, but he is a little more forward thinking than Osman in the creative aspect of the game. He also has the technique that means he is more than just someone who wins the ball and gets rid of it.
CAM – Antony Andreu (Hamilton) – Not much to say about this Frenchman other than he oozes class. The undoubted success story of the Scottish season so far he is someone who can do it all in the forward areas. He has wonderful technique and always seems to find that extra yard of space to make the killer pass. It also helps that he has been scoring plenty of goals for Hamilton this season too!
LM – Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) – If you could bottle the work ethic and commitment that Jonny Hayes has you would make a fortune. He is the type of midfielder that is very hard to find, one that has fantastic technique but also has a wonderful work ethic to go with it. Hayes will always give his best and when he gets going there are few better midfielders in Scottish football for running at pace and producing moments of magic.
ST – Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) – This has been a season to forget so far for Motherwell fans but back in August they got one piece of great news when cult hero Ojamaa returned for a second spell with the club. It might only be a loan deal but he has once again shown his class during this difficult time for Motherwell. A bit of an all rounder he has good pace, technique and is a hard working forward who acts as a very good outcall for his team.
ST – David Clarkson (Dundee) – Although Andreu might be the success story in terms of overall performances it has to be said that Clarkson has been the success story in terms of out and out goalscoring. The striker had a hard time finding a club afar leaving Bristol Rovers in the summer but Dundee took a chance on the former Motherwell striker. Clarkson scored in his debut for Dundee and scored in seven consecutive games for the Dens Park club, breaking records galore along the way.
As you can see the only team to miss out is St.Mirren but with them being bottom of the table (at the time of writing) you can maybe understand why…sorry Buddies fans.