Templeton wants Scotland call

David Templeton believes his chances of a Scotland call-up have

been enhanced by the appointment of Gordon Strachan as manager.

Previous manager Craig Levein selected Rangers midfielder Ian

Black for the August friendly win over Australia, he had concerns

that players from the third tier of Scottish football could step up

to international level.

Rangers winger Templeton has never made a full Scotland squad,

but he hopes to be given a chance to shine under Strachan.

“Hopefully he’ll not shut the door on anyone here and if I’m

playing well it would be nice to think I might get a chance,” said

Templeton.

“With him being a winger himself, he might like that type of

player and if I play well hopefully I can get a chance.”

Meanwhile, the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund will underwrite any

legal costs incurred if it is deemed necessary to challenge the

potential stripping of SPL titles.

An independent commission chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith will begin

a hearing into alleged undisclosed payments made by Rangers to

players before the club went into liquidation.

The current Rangers regime are not co-operating with the inquiry

but the fans’ group, which raised more than #500,000 after the

oldco club went into administration, is standing by to fund any

potential appeal.

A spokesman for the fans’ group said: “It is absolutely crucial

that Rangers’ titles remain untouched.

“But because there has been a long-running campaign in the media

and within certain other clubs to punish Rangers, we must do

everything within our power to protect the club’s proud

history.

“Every fair-minded person knows where these titles belong and we

will not sit back and allow anyone to have them removed.”