Templeton playing for Rangers in 2015
|Full name||David Cooper Templeton|
|Date of birth||7 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2007–2012||Heart of Midlothian||81||(11)|
|2008||→ Raith Rovers (loan)||15||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Heart of Midlothian
Templeton made his first team debut as a substitute against Aberdeen in a goalless draw at Pittodrie. His first start came against Celtic at Parkhead on the final day of the 2008–09 season. Templeton then spent a period out of action due to foot injuries.
Templeton made his first appearance of the 2009–10 season on 20 December 2009 against Celtic, setting up the winning goal in a 2–1 victory, crossing the ball for Ismael Bouzid to score. On 21 February 2010, Templeton scored his first goal for Hearts, the second in a 2–0 defeat of Hamilton Academical. Since then, Templeton has frequently found himself on the scoresheet, scoring a number of memorable efforts, none more so than a spectacular dribble and finish in the first Edinburgh derby of the 2010–11 season.
Templeton received high praise from Terry Butcher after Hearts 1–1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. "The lad Templeton – wow, he's something special," said the Inverness manager. "I would pay money to watch him and he was on the other team. "He's just incredible, full of confidence. He's one of these unique players that pops up every now and then and people liken him to Davie Cooper and lots of other players as well.
Templeton was also nominated for PFA Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season. He also won the Hearts Fans Player of the year.
On 31 August 2012, Templeton signed a four-year contract for the then Third Division club Rangers for an undisclosed fee (reported to be approximately £700,000). His first game for Rangers ended in a 5–1 victory against Elgin City with David scoring two goals. Templeton went on to score 15 goals in his first season at Rangers.
|Club||Season||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Heart of Midlothian||2008–09||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
His father, ex-professional footballer Henry Templeton, who at the time of David's birth was playing for ex-Scotland manager, Ally MacLeod, at Ayr United. Henry's hero was Rangers and Scotland winger Davie Cooper and named his son after his hero. Henry was a small, skilful, tricky attacking player.
In an interview in 2010 with The Scotsman, Templeton said of his childhood, "My dad left and I went to my mum's side who were all Celtic fans so I ended up following them. I got a bit of stick when I was younger but I obviously don't bother about the Old Firm any more."
- Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month: November 2010
- Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month: December 2010
- Rangers FC Goal Of The Season: 2013
- The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2005.06. Cre8 Publishing. 2005. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-95485-561-1.
- "Hearts agree deal for Templeton". BBC Sport. 9 January 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
- Templeton moves to Kirkcaldy, BBC Sport, 2 January 2008.
- Further injury woes for Templeton, BBC Sport, 14 October 2009.
- Hearts 2–1 Celtic, BBC Sport, 20 December 2009.
- Jefferies feels Inverness were lucky, BBC Sport, 18 December 2010.
- JJ wants £15m for starlet, TeamTalk, 20 December 2010.
- "Rangers beat deadline to sign Hearts winger David Templeton". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Rangers 5–1 Elgin". BBC Sport. 2 September 2012.
- "Soccerway Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- "David Templeton Soccerbase stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- "Interview: David Cooper Templeton, Hearts winger"
- "November 2010 award". Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- "December 2010 award". Retrieved 3 March 2011.