Hamilton have confirmed that winger David Templeton has decided to hang his boots up and retire from playing as he looks set to take focus on his role working with the Accies’ youth sides.

Templeton, who played for Stenhousemuir, Hearts, Rangers, Raith Rovers, Burton and Accies has struggled with injuries for a number of years, and managed three Championship appearances this season for Stuart Taylor’s side.

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The tricky winger has also been coaching Hamilton’s under-14s side and chairman Allan Maitland is delighted to have him involved as he paid tribute to Templeton following his decision to retire, saying: “David is a model professional who scored some important goals for the club and created many lasting memories for our support.

“As we look to nurture and develop the next wave of talent at the club we are delighted to have him involved, this will allow him to pass on his knowledge and expertise.”

Templeton’s decision to retire brings an end to his second spell as a player at Hamilton, as the winger named after Scottish football icon Davie Cooper, looks to the rest of his career.

After breaking through at Stenhousemuir, Templeton moved to Hearts in 2007 and famously scored at Anfield against Liverpool for the Jambos in the Europa League.

He would spend five years at Tynecastle before moving to join Rangers in 2012 and playing for the Ibrox side as they worked their way up the leagues under Ally McCoist and Mark Warburton – winning the Third Division and League One titles.

Temps’ would then move to Hamilton for the first of his two spells as an Accies player, spending a year in Lanarkshire before being released in the summer of 2018 and heading south to join Burton Albion.

Templeton would return to Hamilton at the start of 2020 but injuries would limit him to 19 appearances in his second stint with the club before he called time on his playing career.

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