Released by Rangers, David Templeton must seize chance at Hamilton

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands

The former Hearts starlet has finally returned to football 10 months after leaving Rangers.

David Templeton of Rangers celebrates scoring his sides third goal

Hearts fans made their affection known when they announced rising Scottish starlet David Templeton as their Player of the Year in 2011.

Debuting for the Edinburgh giants at the tender age of 18, the winger went from strength to strength at Tynecastle. Blessed by mesmeric dribbling ability and with the odd wondergoal in his locker, the world was at Templeton’s gifted feet.

Therefore, this made his decision to give up his top flight status to drop down to the third tier with Rangers in 2012 all the more strange in hindsight. According to the BBC, Templeton wanted a change of scenery at Ibrox but little did he know at the time that the move from Edinburgh to Glasgow would have serious repercussions for his career later down the line.

After suffering a serious knee injury, Templeton only played once in his final season for Rangers before being released in the summer. And, after ten months out of the game, he has only now returned, signing a contract with top flight basement boys Hamilton Academical until the end of the season.

"Obviously he hasn't played in a while so his fitness is a wee issue but he's definitely got quality,” manager Martin Canning said in quotes reported by the Daily Record.

Rangers' David Templeton (R) in action with Airdrieonians' Gregor Buchanan

"It might be the one cross, the one pass, the one shot, the one goal that gets you three points, it might be invaluable.”

However, after so long without a club, you get the feeling that this is something of a last chance saloon for the now 28-year-old. If he impresses, shows glimpses of the quality that once made him such a star in Scotland, he could prove that Rangers were wrong to cast him off in the summer.

Pedro Caixinha’s side are still lacking enough quality in the final-third to fulfil his attacking philosophy. Templeton, renowned for his quick feet and eye for goal, would have been the perfect player if fit and firing.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands

But that is a massive ‘if’.

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