McCoist delight at Templeton deal

  • Last Updated: September 1 2012, 13:43 BST

Rangers manager Ally McCoist was determined to provide the Ibrox fans with some entertainment when he signed winger David Templeton.

David Templeton: Number one target for McCoist

Templeton agreed a move from Hearts just before the transfer deadline and could make his debut in the Irn-Bru Third Division clash against Elgin at Ibrox on Sunday.

The 23-year-old's last game for Hearts saw him score in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield and McCoist hopes the former Stenhousemuir player can thrill the Rangers fans in similar fashion.

McCoist, who also signed Australian Francesco Stella subject to international clearance, told Rangers TV: "David has always been our number one target and we're delighted to sign him up.

"It's particularly pleasing because he is coming off a couple of great performances and you could say results against one of the top sides in the English Premier League.

"So we're thrilled and one of the most important things is that we've signed somebody that is going to be easy on the eye for the crowd.

"He'll be a real crowd pleaser and I think he'll entertain the Ibrox faithful for a long time.

"With the exception of wee Barrie (McKay) we don't have a lot of individuals who are capable of going by players with great pace and creating chances.

"David certainly does that and he's certainly easy on the eye so I'd be very hopeful that he'd not only score one or two, but he'll create chances too.

"David has always been a player that has caught the eye of most football supporters even out with Hearts.

"All football fans are excited by players of that type who entertain with the ball and we've been admirers of his for a long time."

The player's father, former Ayr winger Henry Templeton, named his son after one of the greatest Ibrox entertainers when he christened him David Cooper Templeton.

McCoist said: "If he's got half the talent of the Cooper that I played with I'm sure the fans would settle for it and so would I.

"It's certainly something to have the same name as one of the greatest wingers, indeed players, that our club has ever had."

Templeton, whose former Hearts team-mate Ryan McGowan rejected a move to Ibrox, declared himself ready to play on Sunday despite a frantic 48 hours that saw him score at Anfield and then sign for Rangers at Murray Park moments before the midnight deadline.

Templeton added: "I like playing at Ibrox. Playing out wide suits me and with it being a bigger pitch that obviously helps.

"I get a lot more space and time on the ball there so I'm looking forward to playing there every second week.

"Playing in front of 50,000 fans will be brilliant and I just can't wait to get started."

Stella was one of a number of trialists at Rangers in recent weeks and the 21-year-old has agreed a move following three years at Siena in Italy. Rangers, now the subject of a year-long transfer embargo on players aged over 17, are awaiting international clearance before confirming the transfer.

Stella's arrival would take McCoist's summer signings to nine but he lost two more players on Friday when Carlos Bocanegra joined Racing Santander on a season loan, while Maurice Edu completed his move to Stoke.