David Templeton on being dropped from Hearts squad for 2012 Scottish Cup final

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David Templeton has opened up about his disappointment at being dropped from the Hearts squad for the 2012 Scottish Cup final.

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Former Hearts midfielder David Templeton. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Former Hearts midfielder David Templeton. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The midfielder made 35 appearances for the Jam Tarts that season but wasn’t even among the substitutes as the Tynecastle side thumped rivals Hibs 5-1 in the Hampden showpiece.

That meant he didn’t get a winner’s medal despite playing three times, and scoring once, earlier in the competition.

He told Simon Ferry on Open Goal: “I got told an hour and a half before when he put the team up. I think that was what annoyed me the most. If he’d told me the night before then I would’ve had time to get over it. But I was sitting there annoyed at full time.

“I knew I wasn’t starting but I thought I’d be on the bench. I was just bombed completely. The annoying thing is that I knew we were going to beat them, because Hibs were terrible at the time. We’d beaten them a few times already that season and I just thought, ‘I’m going to miss out on a medal here’. Even if you’d played every round before you still don’t get a medal [if you’re out the final].

“I’d been out injured. I’d torn my groin around February or March and I’d only come back about two games before the final. I played and I didn’t play well, which is probably why I wasn’t involved.”

Manager Paulo Sergio later said the reason he omitted Templeton was a perceived bad attitude the player had. However, the player refutes this claim and insists it stemmed from a disagreement over an injury he had.

He said: “I do disagree with [what Sergio said]. I got on really well with him. I think what he was talking about was that every day after training you used to have to come in and do indoor work on your core. Instead, I used to just go do the physio work because I couldn’t do the core stuff because of my double-hernia.

“I said that to him but I think that’s how he thought I had an attitude problem. I ended up getting an operation at the end of the season.”

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