Glasgow Facing Connacht Hat Trick

Glasgow, fresh from their Celtic Cup victory at Bridgend last week, return to league business with a Hughenden match against Connacht on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm). It is a warning to Glasgow that the Irish province already have two Scottish scalps on their belts this month.Victory for Glasgow is all the more important as the game is at home. As one of eight teams on one from two in the Celtic League, Glasgow have so far beaten Cardiff at home and lost to Ulster at Ravenhill, and the away in the cup-tie was a welcome bonus as well as being a fillip after the Belfast defeat."Connacht have beaten both other Scots sides already this season, and they are a very committed side who play for the full 80 minutes," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, has warned.'they have a couple of good goal kickers in their team. You have to be on your guard so that you do not present them with opportunities to get the scoreboard ticking over. You certainly cannot afford to take Connacht lightly - I think everyone in the Celtic tournaments is well aware of the threat they can pose.'the Celtic Cup represents the one-off occasions, when you can go for it, as we did against Celtic Warriors last Friday. But a home game in the week-in, week-out demands of the Celtic League is where you have to have the consistency. So this is a big game for us, a very important match. We have to perform - no question about that - if we are going to do anything in the league this season."We have a few injury problems, such as scrum half and centre, but I feel we have the cover in the squad to cope with those concerns."_Glasgow produced a heartening victory in the first round in the Celtic Cup when they beat Celtic Warriors 19-9 at Brewery Field last Friday, but Campbell is only looking at the next challenge. "We played pretty well, and Celtic Warriors missed a few chances they would normally expect to have taken," he said. "But to get a win away from home was achieved with a great attitude from the players, and now we must carry that forward to the clash with Connacht."In the first weekend of the month, opening the league campaign, Connacht won at home in Galway against Edinburgh by 11-3, and last Friday they beat The Borders in the Celtic Cup tie at Gala. But Eric Elwood, the veteran Ireland stand-off, is a major doubt for Connacht because of a leg injury in the match against The Borders.Glasgow, fresh from their Celtic Cup victory at Bridgend last week, return to league business with a Hughenden match against Connacht on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm). It is a warning to Glasgow that the Irish province already have two Scottish scalps on their belts this month.Victory for Glasgow is all the more important as the game is at home. As one of eight teams on one from two in the Celtic League, Glasgow have so far beaten Cardiff at home and lost to Ulster at Ravenhill, and the away in the cup-tie was a welcome bonus as well as being a fillip after the Belfast defeat."Connacht have beaten both other Scots sides already this season, and they are a very committed side who play for the full 80 minutes," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, has warned.'they have a couple of good goal kickers in their team. You have to be on your guard so that you do not present them with opportunities to get the scoreboard ticking over. You certainly cannot afford to take Connacht lightly - I think everyone in the Celtic tournaments is well aware of the threat they can pose.'the Celtic Cup represents the one-off occasions, when you can go for it, as we did against Celtic Warriors last Friday. But a home game in the week-in, week-out demands of the Celtic League is where you have to have the consistency. So this is a big game for us, a very important match. We have to perform - no question about that - if we are going to do anything in the league this season."We have a few injury problems, such as scrum half and centre, but I feel we have the cover in the squad to cope with those concerns."_Glasgow produced a heartening victory in the first round in the Celtic Cup when they beat Celtic Warriors 19-9 at Brewery Field last Friday, but Campbell is only looking at the next challenge. "We played pretty well, and Celtic Warriors missed a few chances they would normally expect to have taken," he said. "But to get a win away from home was achieved with a great attitude from the players, and now we must carry that forward to the clash with Connacht."In the first weekend of the month, opening the league campaign, Connacht won at home in Galway against Edinburgh by 11-3, and last Friday they beat The Borders in the Celtic Cup tie at Gala. But Eric Elwood, the veteran Ireland stand-off, is a major doubt for Connacht because of a leg injury in the match against The Borders.