Soccer Banter: Four years on from leaving Scotland, what are your thoughts on your college experience in America - academically, athletically, and socially?
Paul Templeton: The experience was everything I thought it would be and more. Although socially the Scots are in a class of their own in terms of banter and one line jokes, I've met some tremendous people here in America, people I will be friends with for life. I think the American system is unique and balances education and athletics astutely. I'm extremely impressed with how the game continues to flourish here and the level of competition is good. I loved it. At 21 I was at a crossroads in life, but I feel now four years on my experiences in America have shaped me in a positive way and will stand me in good stead for years to come.
SB: For those that haven't seen you play, how would you describe yourself as a player?
PT: A midfielder by trade who can contribute goals to a team. Two footed, decent vision, and a good free kick taker. Versatile.
SB: You will have the opportunity to continue to work with Dave Kelly, your assistant coach at SCSU, what should your future teammates expect from Coach Kelly?
SB: Individually, what are your own expectations for the upcoming season with CFC Azul?
PT: Owing to student teaching commitments football has been down the list of priorities lately. I've had a forced hiatus from the game, but I'm delighted at the opportunity to join the club at what is an exciting time for everyone connected. I hope to stake a claim for a starting place and expect us to play an entertaining brand of football, which should suit my game to the ground. I'm expecting great things in the summer.
SB: As a Celtic supporter, what are your thoughts on Rangers going into Administration? How do you think it will impact Old Firm in future years?
PT: In Glasgow it's ruthless. I had to endure complete misery and heartbreak in the 90s as a kid when they were paying big wages and cruising to league championships. What goes around comes around. Personally it's good enough for them they deserve the sanctions and punishment as they broke the rules. Traditionally the Celtic board only strengthen when Celtic are behind Rangers. I think we are in a position of strength and need to take advantage of their shortcomings. We need to continue to strengthen and rub salt in their wounds. They showed no mercy to us when Celtic were plunged into a similar situation in 1993. Now is the time for Celtic to dominate. I am confident too however, that Neil Lennon has assembled an excellent young squad that is ready to compete in Europe again.