Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Templeton has perfect attitude for Rangers

Rangers 5 Elgin City 1: Rangers manager Ally McCoist has told Hearts he is not in the habit of signing players with an attitude problem after the Edinburgh club fired a parting shot at David Templeton.

The winger quit Tynecastle late on Friday night when he secured a switch to Ibrox shortly before the transfer deadline.

Hearts responded to the move by releasing a statement on their website questioning the player's attitude and suggesting he was motivated by money.

Speaking after yesterday’s 5-1 win over Elgin in the Irn-Bru Third Division at Ibrox in front of 46,015 fans, McCoist said: “I don't want to get involved.

“All I would say is that every player who has left this club has gone with our best wishes and we have thanked them.

“Maybe that should be the way to do it but I'm not going to get involved in any slanging matches with anybody. I don't claim to know him well but I don't see him having an attitude problem.

“He will have dips in form like everybody else, I would imagine, but I would like to think I'm not in the habit of attempting to sign players with attitude problems.”

When asked about the comments from his former club, Templeton said: “That's the way they see it. I'm not too fussed about what they say.

“I'm just concentrating on what I do at Rangers. Hearts is behind me now.”

Templeton marked his Rangers debut with a double, before being named the sponsors' man of the match.

He added: “If I'd got one more goal it would have been better but I can't be too fussy.”

As well as Templeton, McCoist also recruited the services of trialist Francesco Stella before Friday's deadline but red tape meant he could not feature against Elgin.

New skipper Lee McCulloch was also on target yesterday with a brace, after Northern Ireland international Dean Shiels cancelled out Jamie Duff's shock opener for Elgin at Ibrox.

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