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‘They wanted me’ – Former Rangers star reveals Celtic contract offer before showdown Ibrox talks

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David Templeton has revealed that Celtic made a late attempt to lure him to Parkhead just moments before he was set to hold showdown talks with Rangers manager Ally McCoist in 2012.

The former Hearts, Rangers, and Hamilton winger recounted the situation, recalling how he was preparing for a meeting with McCoist at Rangers’ Murray Park training ground when he received a last-minute call from their bitter rivals.

Now 35 years old, Templeton reflected on how things could have turned out differently, as Celtic officials made a last-gasp effort to persuade him to see out the remainder of his contract at Hearts before making a move in the summer.

David Templeton in action for Rangers in July 2014
David Templeton, the former Scotland youth international, surprised many when he opted to join Rangers in August, revealing that he and his former Hearts teammate Ryan McGowan were both sought after by the Govan outfit. Templeton recounted how both he and McGowan were approached by Rangers, with McGowan later rejecting the offer in favor of pursuing a lucrative deal in China.

Templeton shared the details during an interview on the Open Goal podcast with host Si Ferry, who expressed shock at the revelation. Templeton explained that both he and McGowan were at the training ground when Rangers made the offer. He recounted how McGowan, who eventually turned down the offer to join Rangers, later secured a deal in China earning around £20,000 per week.

Templeton also recalled meeting with Rangers manager Ally McCoist at the training ground, describing him as good and funny. Interestingly, Templeton mentioned receiving a call from Celtic while waiting outside during the negotiations with Rangers. When Ferry asked if he had already agreed with McCoist, Templeton clarified that he hadn’t even spoken to the manager yet at that point.

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