Beattie Relishing Glasgow Return

Glasgow Warriors number eight Johnnie Beattie admits his injury lay-off has been a a??bitter-sweeta?? experience a?" but he is determined to make his mark when he starts in the Magners League visit of Ulster tomorrow.The 21-year-old has been sidelined since suffering ankle ligament damage in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test against the Pacific Islanders in November.But Beattie will now replace the injured Jon Petrie in the team to face the Magners League leaders at Hughenden as the side aim to stretch their winning run at home to seven successive matches.Johnnie told the official Glasgow Warriors website: a??It has been bitter sweet because the boys have been doing so well but I have not been involved.a??So it is good to be back in the team and, hopefully, I can help continue the momentum the boys have shown in recent weeks and maintain the good form.a??We have been particularly good to watch, especially the narrow wins over Borders and Narbonne. a??The Six Nations is just a few weeks away now but my first aim must be getting into the Glasgow team.a??Jon Petrie has been playing so well and, although he is injured, he will be looking to get back as soon as possible too.a??If I am to get back into the Scotland team, I need to keep my place in the Glasgow side.a??Meanwhile, Warriors head coach Sean Lineen believes the return of Beattie will ensure serious competition for places in his team.Petrie will miss the visit of Ulster with a knee injury but could return to fitness in time for the trip to Parma in the European Challenge Cup next weekend.Sean said: a??There is a real ding-dong battle for number eight.a??Glasgow Warriors number eight Johnnie Beattie admits his injury lay-off has been a a??bitter-sweeta?? experience a?" but he is determined to make his mark when he starts in the Magners League visit of Ulster tomorrow.The 21-year-old has been sidelined since suffering ankle ligament damage in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test against the Pacific Islanders in November.But Beattie will now replace the injured Jon Petrie in the team to face the Magners League leaders at Hughenden as the side aim to stretch their winning run at home to seven successive matches.Johnnie told the official Glasgow Warriors website: a??It has been bitter sweet because the boys have been doing so well but I have not been involved.a??So it is good to be back in the team and, hopefully, I can help continue the momentum the boys have shown in recent weeks and maintain the good form.a??We have been particularly good to watch, especially the narrow wins over Borders and Narbonne. a??The Six Nations is just a few weeks away now but my first aim must be getting into the Glasgow team.a??Jon Petrie has been playing so well and, although he is injured, he will be looking to get back as soon as possible too.a??If I am to get back into the Scotland team, I need to keep my place in the Glasgow side.a??Meanwhile, Warriors head coach Sean Lineen believes the return of Beattie will ensure serious competition for places in his team.Petrie will miss the visit of Ulster with a knee injury but could return to fitness in time for the trip to Parma in the European Challenge Cup next weekend.Sean said: a??There is a real ding-dong battle for number eight.a??