David Templeton was once a fresh-faced kid bursting onto the scene at Hearts – but now the winger is the one dishing out the advice at Hamilton Accies.
The 31-year-old winger inspired Brian Rice’s side to a crucial 2-1 win over Livingston away from home on Saturday. Having been behind through a Shaun Want OG in the first half, Templeton changed things in the second.
He scored a brilliant driving effort to level the match before a cross late on in the game allowed youngster Kyle Munro to head home a memorable first goal for Accies.
Templeton says it’s strange to be handing out advice to those in a similar position to he was at Hearts, believing results like the Livi win prove Hamilton are more than capable of fighting for survival.
“It’s a tough place to come,” he said: “I think they (Livingston) only lost three games at home last season, you see Rangers didn’t manage to get a win. It’s a difficult place to come and you know you’re going to have to battle for every ball.
“At times when we got it down and played, I could get on it and find pockets and get shots at goal. At the start you had to win the battle first but as the game went on we managed to get the ball down and play more.
“It’s good to see Kyle (Munro) get the goal, that will give him confidence. He’s a good kid who works hard. It’s strange being the one who’s giving advice before games and stuff. At times I still moan on the pitch so I need to make it constructive to try and help them along.
“Last time I was here it was the same, everyone writes you off. We want to shut people up and keep people in this league. Results like this show we are up for the battle.”