By Harvey Byrne
Former attacker David Templeton has opened up to his struggles at Rangers, explaining his time at the club didn’t work out the way he had wanted.
The now 28-year-old left-winger made the switch to Ibrox back in 2012 from Hearts for a fee of £700,000 at the age of 23 with the Glasgow giants sat in League Two.
His time at the club started off well, netting a fine 16 goals and 11 assists from 24 matches for the Gers.
However, as Rangers made their way up the Scottish League system, as well as injuries an effect he ultimately struggled to repeat those totals and was released from his contract in May 2016.
Templeton spent more than a year out of the game before signing for Hamilton in March and while the Glasgow-born attacker has told he doesn’t regret his move to Rangers, he has admitted it was tough to play due to the pressure at times.
“When I moved to Rangers, things didn’t really work out for me,” Templeton said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“I wouldn’t say I regret it but looking at it now it didn’t work out the way I wanted.
“At the time, you could never say no to Rangers and it’s just unfortunate things didn’t work out for me. For all I know, things could have gone a totally different way and I could still be there. At the time I didn’t perform as well as I wanted to and had a few injuries there as well.
“It is a huge change going there, the expectancy, the pressure, everything. When things aren’t going well, it is a tough place to play. I wasn’t playing as well as I knew I could.”
Two-time capped Scotland Under-21 international Templeton ended his Rangers stay, scoring 27 goals, while providing 26 assists in 88 matches in total.
He has since relaunched his career at Hamilton, where he has played in all but one of their four Premiership games and he will be hoping to continue his success.
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