Ahead of Sunday’s clash between Hamilton and Celtic, the Accies have gone out and signed former Rangers winger David Templeton.
The ex-Hearts and Ibrox winger will reportedly go straight into the squad for the weekend’s clash in South Lanarkshire (Evening Express). Templeton only faced Celtic once during his first spell at Hamilton, and failed to score or net in the 4-1 home loss.
However, he did manage to net against us during his days with Hearts. In fact, on the one occasion he did, it was when Neil Lennon was our manager and Fraser Forster was in goal.
Indeed, he was particularly a pain for us during Lennon’s first spell in charge. Whilst he may not have been prolific, his pace, quick feet, and ability to be in the right areas at times had us on the back foot at Tynecastle.
However, 2011 was a long time ago. Templeton arrives at Hamilton having played 26 times for Burton Albion this season and scoring five goals (Transfermarkt).
No success vs Celtic with Hamilton or Rangers
During his time with Rangers, Templeton never had the chance to face Celtic. He was with them during their embarrassing spell in the lower divisions. Therefore, he’ll be itching to put in a performance on Sunday to announce his arrival.
Templeton can play on either flank, so it’ll be interesting to see where Brian Rice decides to feature him. He could be up against either Moritz Bauer or Greg Taylor respectively, should Neil Lennon go with those two of course.
He’ll look to get into the same kind of areas that Michael O’Halloran did on Wednesday night. Even though we dominated the first half in a 3-0 win at St Johnston, O’Halloran still managed to find space on rare occasions down either flank. This was down to us playing three at the back with advanced wing-backs. Templeton will fancy trying to exploit that.
Of course, Neil Lennon won’t exactly be going to bed quaking at the thought of coming up against him. But Templeton has been a thorn in his side in the past. He’s worth respecting considering how big a signing he is for Hamilton.
It adds a bit more flavour to the contest too. At the very least, Hamilton have a new signing to bring into the game from deadline-day. That’s more than we can say about our own side, who’ve so far been disappointingly silent ahead of the closure of the transfer window.
It’ll be interesting to see the kind of impact Templeton makes on the game. He should be match-fit and raring to go, meaning Celtic have to keep their eye on him.