Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

David Templeton stakes claim for Rangers

David Templeton celebrates his goal

Falkirk 0 Rangers 2: David Templeton hopes his goal against Falkirk can provide the boost he badly needs to kick-start his season.

The Rangers winger has been unable to nail down a place in manager Ally McCoist's plans this season and has struggled with erratic form.

But he believes he can take a massive amount of confidence from his late strike as Rangers claimed a 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win against the Bairns on Saturday.

Nicky Law opened the scoring after 89 minutes, before substitute Templeton sealed the victory deep into injury time in the fourth-round tie.

Templeton said: "The gaffer said to me when I came on to try to win the game. I know Nicky scored but to get a goal myself is good and will help my confidence.

"I have not been playing great recently when I have been in the team so hopefully I can kick on from this.

"Confidence is important for every player. When you are confident and playing well you always want the ball and you're happy to take people on.

"When things aren't going well, it can show. I think against Dunfermline recently, I was trying to do too much. I was overdoing things, which doesn't help me.

"I just need to get back to basics and try to get the confidence back."

Despite leaving it so late against the Championship side, Templeton insists the result was all that mattered to Rangers.

He said: "The main aim before the game was to make sure we got through. I think we did deserve the win in the end.

"I was hoping we would get an earlier goal which would have made the game more comfortable for us but I think the boys' spirit showed. We kept fighting until the end and when we got a chance we took it and managed to get another one."

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