David Templeton doesn’t care that their next game is against Rangers – insisting Hamilton Accies have to pull off a shock to boost their survival hopes.

It’s a free weekend for Brian Rice’s side due to the Scottish Cup fixture list, with their next league game at Ibrox the following Wednesday.

It leaves Templeton and the New Douglas Park faithful more time to reflect on only taking a point from the Lanarkshire derby against 10-man Motherwell.

The 31-year-old winger was gutted with the goalless draw and knows that every game is now crucial as they try to escape the relegation spots – even against the Glasgow giants.

David Templeton in action for Rangers
David Templeton in action for Rangers

Frustrated Templeton said: “I feel like we have missed a good opportunity to get three points [against Motherwell].

“They had 10 men and we had a lot of the ball but we just couldn’t seem to test their goalkeeper enough.

“I’ve had a couple of shots that have gone over the bar that I should have done better with and we had a few that were blocked.

“We just couldn’t seem to carve out that clear-cut chance to get the winner.

“They defended well and had a lot of shots blocked. When you got to 10 you have to do that; we were the same against Hearts.

“It’s up to us to try and find a way to break teams down but we didn’t manage to do it.

“It’s a point but we need to be taking more than that with where we are sitting in the league.

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“Especially when we are playing against 10 men, we need to try and take advantage of that.

“We need to make sure we do pick points up and get ourselves up that table instead of loitering down at the bottom.

“We need to start picking up more points and get ourselves to safety. It doesn’t matter who it’s against, it just needs to start as soon as possible.”

Following the derby day draw, Accies boss Brian Rice felt his side should have taken more than a point.

“David Templeton had five or six shots at goal.

“Normally David will score at least one of them, so I’m frustrated by that.

“I’m just frustrated because I thought we did enough to win the game.”