Power Rankings: Who are the most effective forwards in the SPL?

While it wasn't quite all change at the top of our power rankings, there certainly was some movement in the top ten.

Aberdeen shutting out Hibs, Inverness beating Celtic and St Mirren stopping the rot all had a big say in how this week's table looks.

1. Leigh Griffiths - 9.06

While he may not have managed to score this weekend, the fact that Leigh Griffiths remains ahead of the pack shows just how effective he's been prior to the defeat to Aberdeen.

The on-loan Wolves striker needs just one more goal to pull equal with Anthony Stokes and Colin Nish on Hibs' all-time SPL goalscoring charts. Only the former has scored more in a single season for Hibernian in the last six years.

2. Niall McGinn - 6.25

The Aberdeen forward got back into the routine of scoring with an exceptionally calm finish to beat Hibernian this Saturday. The Northern Irishman now has eight for the season.

The most any Aberdeen player has managed in a single SPL season during the last decade is Darren Mackie with 13.

3. Jonny Hayes - 6.11

Despite not being an out-and-out striker, Hayes has proved to be a real menace in recent weeks, scoring or assisting in a goal during four of his last five matches.

4. Paul Cairney - 5.74
5. Jamie Murphy - 5.28
6. Ryan Fraser - 4.95
7. Cillian Sheridan - 4.79
8. Tony Watt - 4.45
9. Steven Thompson - 4.23
10. Henrik Ojamaa - 4.09

Player of the week

St Mirren really needed to find inspiration from somewhere, and were helped out by Steven Thompson, who scored two and caused no end of problems in the 3-1 win over Dundee.

Threats from midfield

While it's no surprise that strikers and wingers make up the majority of the top ten, there are a number of midfield players who are just as threatening.

Paul Cairney makes the top ten because of his creativity, while Andrew Shinnie (16th - 3.46) and Iain Vigurs (17th - 3.41) are the men to watch for the two Highland clubs.

There are also two players who play even further back that have been causing consternation to opposition defences. Marius Zaliukas and Barry Douglas (joint 14th - 3.68) have been threatening for different reasons.

The Hearts captain is a threat at set-pieces and has two SPL goals this season, while Barry Douglas' delivery from left-back has meant that Peter Houston's club haven't missed Paul Dixon as much as they might have.

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