Templeton puts Hearts behind him

  • Last Updated: September 3 2012, 9:43 BST

David Templeton insists his time at Hearts is behind him now as he focuses on life with Rangers after the Edinburgh club fired a parting shot.

David Templeton claps the Rangers fans

The winger quit Tynecastle late on Friday night after sealing a move to Ibrox ahead of the transfer deadline.

Hearts responded to the move by releasing a statement on their website questioning the player's attitude and suggesting he was motivated by money.

The Jambos also claimed they had made a "huge effort" to extend Templeton's contract over the last 12 months and said he "rejected every one of our offers completely, regardless of terms".

Speaking after his debut in Sunday's 5-1 win over Elgin City, the player said: "Some of the stuff I don't agree with. They said about contracts for a year and I was only offered one contract there. I think they are just doing it to cover themselves.

"I'm just looking forward to being here now. I was there for five-and-a-half years and while I was there I gave everything in every game no matter what.

"That's what I'll do at every club I play for. I'm not going to stop trying because of anything. I'll give 100%.

"It is a bit disappointing seeing that but I've just got to focus here now. That's behind me."

Templeton netted a double on Sunday and Lee McCulloch also claimed a brace after Dean Shiels cancelled out Jamie Duff's shock opener for Elgin.

The former Hearts man knows some have questioned his ambition after quitting the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to drop down to the Irn-Bru Third Division with Rangers.

Templeton said: "The response has been mixed. I've had some fans saying good luck and thanks for everything I did there.

"Some fans have said I'm lacking in ambition and that I should have gone to England and stuff like that.

"But I don't see it as a lack of ambition, I feel that I'm showing ambition by trying to get Rangers back to where they belong.

"Hopefully we can do that as quickly as possible and get back to the SPL and back into Europe."

Rangers also held talks with Ryan McGowan on Friday night but the Australia international opted to remain at Hearts.

Templeton said: "I was hoping he would sign because he's a really good player.

"I've enjoyed playing with him and I get on really well with him. He's my closest friend through there so it would have been good if he came.

"He had different reasons to stay and maybe he felt that his international career would have been helped by being there.

"I was never there so I don't see it as having any influence on helping my international career at all.

"I think he felt a bit rushed with it being last minute so it was his decision."