David Templeton is surprised at how well Hearts have performed in the 2014/15 campaign.
Templeton was speaking ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Championship clash against the league champions, which is a must-win game for the Light Blues in their pursuit of second place.
The former Hearts winger spent four-and-a-half-years at Tynecastle before moving to Rangers in August 2012, and the 28-year-old has expressed his surprise at Hearts’ achievements in an all-conquering campaign.
“They are so far ahead and have done a lot better than I thought they would have done,” he said.
“I just think that we haven't been great this season at all. There have been too many games that we haven't turned up in, especially against the teams round about us.”
Templeton hasn’t been a regular starter at Rangers this season, but did start the last game against Cowdenbeath with Marius Zaliukus away on international duty with Lithuania.
His last start before that match came in January in the 1-0 loss to Alloa, where the winger was replaced after 67 minutes. The 3-5-2 formation used by Stuart McCall in recent matches doesn’t suit a traditional winger and may require Templeton to adjust his game in order to fit the system.
Rangers have failed to beat Hearts so far this season and Templeton was at fault in the first game when he headed over the bar with the goal gaping in front of him.
The winger is unlikely to start in the third meeting between the sides but could come on to make an impact in the hardest test McCall’s men have faced since he inherited the managerial reins.