McDowall says David can beat Temp dip in form

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Templeton has struggled to make an impact this season despite recent strikes
Templeton has struggled to make an impact this season despite recent strikes

Class is permanent. It is an adage that sums up David Templeton's Rangers career.

It also puts into context the predicament manager Ally McCoist has as one of his most natural talents battles to rediscover his form.

There are few doubts about Templeton's ability but the former Hearts starlet has often failed to shine on the big stage for the Light Blues.

After a frustrating start to the campaign which saw him struggle for fitness and fall down the Gers pecking order, the winger has finally begun to show glimpses of the talent the Ibrox crowd expected to see on a regular basis when he joined from the Jambos in August 2012.

His last two outings have given McCoist hope that the 25-year-old is on the right road, with cameo performances off the bench against Forfar and Arbroath marked with superb goals that helped Rangers continue their unbeaten start to the SPFL League One campaign.

Templeton has shown flashes of brilliance in Light Blue and Ibrox assistant Kenny McDowall admits consistency is key to the star establishing himself on a more regular basis this term.

"That is what we are looking for from David," he said. "He has been really unfortunate with the injuries that he has had and the stop-start career so far here.

"But we know what he has got in his locker and so do the guys he is playing with. For him to step in at the Forfar game and again on Saturday is great for his team-mates.

"They have been working hard then he comes in and delivers a bit of magic. It changes games.

"We want a bit more consistency from him and he knows that. He has been working hard in training trying to get himself in shape and he will benefit from that.

"His confidence will be up after getting a couple of goals as well."

Templeton has not had his problems to seek in recent months but the forward appears to be making positive steps as he looks to become more than a Gers super-sub.

A series of injuries, and the form of Light Blue widemen Lewis Macleod and Fraser Aird, have limited his chances to impress as McCoist's side have raced clear at the top of the table.

But McDowall is confident there is plenty more to come from the winger after a summer of discontent at Ibrox.

He said: "When you miss the pre-season, you can't get it back. You can try but it is difficult.

"Temps has been fighting that since he has come back and that was a big factor in the slow start that he had, because he missed the pre-season.

"He didn't get himself up to speed with the boys and he has been chasing it and chasing it. He is starting to look stronger now. We have tried to work him hard for certain block periods but he has picked up injuries doing that as well.

"He is the type of boy that we have got to be careful with how we handle him.

"The ability comes through. When you have got the hard work and the ability, you have got a player on your hands."

Templeton is not the only big-name Ger who has endured a frustrating season so far, with forward partner Dean Shiels another star who has only recently made the breakthrough at Ibrox.

McCoist has stuck with the tried-and-trusted as his side have notched up the wins in relentless fashion this term.

And McDowall insists those on the fringes will have to bide their time for a starting slot.

"Everybody wants to play from the start, all the players are the same," he said.

"The manager is pretty loyal to the boys who start and who have been doing well.

"If you are not in the team, you have got to knuckle down in training, keep working away and wait for your opportunity. In the last couple of weeks we have had suspensions and that is when guys are getting chances.

"In the main, the manager is loyal to his players and the guys that are not in the team know that as well. They have just got to be patient."

One man who has certainly made an impact is striker Jon Daly. He took his goal tally for the season to 19 in the 3-2 weekend win over Arbroath to end his recent scoring drought.

"Jon keeps doing his job and if he is getting his goals then he is getting his goals," McDowall told RangersTV.

"It is what he adds to the team, he brings people into play and creates chances for people. He will be glad to get back scoring again.

"The young players we have in the team, it is beneficial for them.

"I have seen Jon speaking to Airdy quite a bit and doing a bit of work with him.

"At the weekend, Jon was telling Airdy to keep going. One or two of the crowd were getting on his back and he is young, it is difficult for him to handle that at times.

"That is when you expect the senior players in the team to look after the younger ones and the boys did that."

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