David TEMPLETON admits he wrote off any hopes of playing for Scotland in the foreseeable future when he signed up to help Rangers on their road back to the top of Scottish football.
The winger swapped life in the Scottish Premier League with Hearts for a drop down to the Third Division when he joined the Light Blues last summer. And the 24-year-old, who represented his country at Under-19 and Under-21 level, accepts that his Scotland career is probably on hold until Rangers are back in the top flight.
Templeton said: “When I signed here, I gave up all hope on the Scotland squad for the first few years. If we do get back to the top level, and I’m playing regularly, maybe then I’ll get a sniff.”
However, Templeton is surprised that club-mate Lee Wallace has missed out on the chance to face England next month. The Gers left-back has been called up by Gordon Strachan in the past, while playing in the bottom tier, but failed to make the squad for the clash at Wembley on August 14.
Templeton added: “Lee has been consistent for years now and I’m quite surprised he is not in the squad just now. I think he’s good enough to play for Scotland. Not a problem.”