David Templeton out to help Rangers strike back at Stranraer

DAVID TEMPLETON today vowed to help Rangers bounce straight back from their embarrassing 3-3 draw with part-time rivals Stenhousemuir.

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David Templeton missed a sitter against Stenhousemuir
David Templeton missed a sitter against Stenhousemuir

Templeton was unable to prevent the Gers dropping points for only the second time in SPFL League One this season at Ibrox on Saturday.

But the forward, who was denied what manager Ally McCoist called a "stonewall penalty", is not going to dwell on the result.

He is glad the Light Blues have a league match against Stranraer at Stair Park tomorrow evening and is determined to help his side record a victory.

Templeton said: "When things don't go well in one game the first thing that you want is another game coming straight away and fortunately for us that is what we have got.

"Playing Stranraer away at Stair Park is a hard game, but hopefully we can make things right after our draw with Stenhousemuir by getting a victory."

Meanwhile, Templeton has hit out at the yellow card he received from referee Greg Aitken for diving in the first half of the draw with Stenhousemuir.

The former Warriors player expected his team to be awarded a penalty when he went down in the opposition area after a challenge by Sean Lynch.

But he was booked by Aitken much to his amazement - and to the incredulity of more than 40,000 Rangers fans inside the stadium.

He said: "I was through on goal and I was clipped. For me, it was a stonewall penalty. The opposition player even said so himself.

"I couldn't believe I got booked for it. There was contact, I was in on goal and there was no reason to go down. To get booked was frustrating."

However, Templeton, who has enjoyed far better form in the last few months, has admitted Rangers did not deserve to win the match. And he admitted that McCoist's men must perform far better in both attack and defence in the future -starting in the meeting with Stranraer.

He said: "We weren't good enough. The three goals we conceded were really poor. We have to defend far better than we did and make sure that we don't do the same thing again.

"I missed an absolute sitter in the first half. Afterwards, I just wanted to go home and cry about it. It was an open goal. I just needed to tap it in. I somehow managed to put it past the post.

"It was the worst miss that I have ever had in my life. I couldn't believe that I had missed it. I tried to rectify what had happened, but wasn't able to."


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