Scottish Premiership Team of the Month: Celtic, Rangers, Hearts, Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Dundee United players feature

Celtic lead Rangers by three points at top of the Scottish Premiership; Hearts are third ahead of Dundee United, Hibernian and Livingston; St Johnstone are in the relegation play-off spot, four points ahead of bottom club Dundee and eight behind Aberdeen

Players from a total of six clubs feature in March's Scottish Premiership team of the month
Image: Players from a total of six clubs feature in March's Scottish Premiership team of the month

Hearts are the dominant side in the Scottish Premiership Team of the Month for March as they close in on a third-place finish and European football.

There are four players from Robbie Neilson's side in the XI after an unbeaten month, while Celtic take two spots after maintaining their three-point lead at the top of the table.

Rangers have one player in this month's selection after three wins kept up the pressure on Ange Postecoglou's side in the title race.

It was another entertaining month in the top flight with just four points separating fourth and 10th as the top-six battle looks set to go down to the final game, while St Johnstone moved further away from Dundee at the bottom.

Here, we take a look at the WhoScored.com best-rated XI for March...

Goalkeeper: Craig Gordon (Hearts) - 7.01 rating

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Hearts' Craig Gordon at full time during a cinch Premiership match between Heart of Midlothian and St Mirren at Tyncastle Park, on November 27, 2021, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Image: Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon conceded just two league goals in March

Only Celtic and Rangers conceded fewer goals than Hearts in March with shot-stopper Craig Gordon featuring between the sticks having earned a WhoScored.com rating of 7.01.

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He made six saves in March, the fourth most, while no goalkeeper kept more clean sheets than the two by the Scotland international.

Right-back: James Tavernier (Rangers) - 7.35 rating

James Tavernier celebrates after his penalty earns Rangers a 2-0 lead over Dundee
Image: Rangers captain James Tavernier created nine goalscoring chances in March

Rangers only scored four league goals in March, a poor return by their lofty standards, but James Tavernier was again impressive with a rating of 7.35 enough to feature at right-back.

He created nine goalscoring chances, the second-most in the division in March, so he was unfortunate not to add to his 11 assists.

Centre-back: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic) - 7.40 rating

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Highlights from Celtic Park as Cameron Carter-Vickers scored his third goal of the season against St Mirren

The first of two Celtic players in the side, Cameron Carter-Vickers was key for a team that conceded just one goal in three league matches in March.

He maximised a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of 'passing', ranking second for accurate passes (291). Carter-Vickers also scored his third goal of the campaign to help return a rating of 7.40.

Centre-back: Liam Gordon (St Johnstone) - 7.39 rating

Liam Gordon in action for St Johnstone during a cinch Premiership match between Hibernian and St Johnstone at Easter Road, on March 05, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Image: Liam Gordon helped St Johnstone keep a clean sheet against Hibs

Liam Gordon dealt with any attacking threat with ease in March as he joins Carter-Vickers at the heart of the defence with a rating of 7.39.

Gordon ranked fifth for clearances (19) and third for aerial duels won (20) to make the team.

Left-back: Stephen Kingsley (Hearts) - 7.44 rating

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Highlights as Stephen Kingsley scored for Hearts in their win over Aberdeen

The second of four Hearts players in the side rounds off the backline. Stephen Kingsley bagged his fifth league goal of the season in March as he netted in the win over Aberdeen at the beginning of the month.

He defended solidly, too, making eight tackles and interceptions combined to contribute towards his inclusion with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.44.

Right midfield: Barrie McKay (Hearts) - 7.68 rating

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Barrie McKay scored as Hearts beat Livingston 2-0

Barrie McKay had a direct hand in a goal in each of his three league outings in March, providing two assists and scoring his first goal of the season in the process.

Eight key passes was the fifth-best return in the division, while an additional five dribbles saw McKay land a WhoScored.com rating of 7.68.

Central midfield: Liam Smith (Dundee United) - 7.39 rating

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Liam Smith scored in back-to-back games as he helped Dundee United draw with Hearts

The two goals Liam Smith has scored this season came in March as he found the back of the net against Livingston and Hearts.

A total of 11 aerial duels won was the 20th best in the division as the Dundee United star makes the cut in midfield with a rating of 7.39.

Central midfield: Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) - 7.29 rating

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Lewis Ferguson scored twice in an impressive win over Hibs

Lewis Ferguson joins Smith in the middle of the park with 13 tackles and interceptions combined the fifth-best in the division in March.

The 22-year-old also rattled in goals number eight and nine for the season in a man-of-the-match performance against Hibs at the weekend as he stars in the side with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.29.

Left midfield: Jota (Celtic) - 7.94 rating

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Jota set up Celtic's opener as they beat Ross County 4-0

With a rating of 7.94, Celtic's Jota is the WhoScored.com Scottish Premiership Player of the Month.

Fourteen key passes was at least five more than any other player in the division in March, while no player registered more assists than the young Portuguese winger (two), which is level with McKay.

Striker: Callum Hendry (St Johnstone) - 7.47 rating

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Callum Hendry scored twice as St Johnstone picked up a key win over Motherwell

A double and a man-of-the-match showing against Motherwell at the weekend helped bump Callum Hendry's average March rating up to 7.47 with the Scottish striker the second St Johnstone representative to make the side.

Hendry also completed more dribbles (nine) than any other player to help justify his selection.

Striker: Liam Boyce (Hearts) - 7.42 rating

March brought Hearts striker Liam Boyce's ninth goal of the season
Image: March brought Hearts striker Liam Boyce's ninth goal of the season

The fourth and final Hearts player to make the XI is striker Liam Boyce, who scored his ninth league goal of the season in March.

Boyce should have had an assist in March, too, having created nine goalscoring chances to join Hendry on the frontline with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.42.

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