Gregor Townsend dismissed rumours of an impending move to Ulster for Stuart Hogg following Glasgow Warriors’ 1872 Cup victory over local rivals Edinburgh.
Rumours that Hogg was Belfast-bound have circulated for some time and were fuelled by his non-appearance at Scotstoun.
However the Glasgow Coach sought to put the record straight.
“Stuart has 14 months left on his contract so as far as we’re concerned he’s not going anywhere,” Townsend told the News Letter.
He’s been in training and is available for selection next week.”
The 1872 Cup and five crucial points were taken by Glasgow following an extraordinarily exciting Derby match at Scotstoun - a game of nine tries ending in a narrow 37-34 win over Edinburgh.
The victory moved Glasgow above Ulster and Munster into second place and in pole position to secure a home game in the play-offs.
In spite of the win, Townsend had mixed feelings.
“I was delighted to win. We played really good rugby at times and scored some excellent tries. It was an open game on a dry pitch with a great atmosphere..
“We lost concentration and went to sleep at times - but full credit to Edinburgh, they kept going and played right to the final whistle.
“We pride ourselves on our defence - so tonight simply wasn’t good enough for us, it was below our normal standards.
With two games remaining Glasgow are in a strong position in the League as Gregor acknowledged.
“We’re peaking at the right time. This win puts us in a strong position in the League. It’s in our own hands.
As with any Coach however there was a cautious note mahead of next week’s away game against Treviso.
“Treviso have played really well at home in recent weeks - that will be a huge challenge. We will have to improve and do better than Munster in the next couple of weeks - but they have a tough schedule ahead. We wish Edinburgh all the best against Leinster and Munster.”
Meanwhile frustration was the keynote for Edinburgh Coach Alan Solomons:
“We gave ourselves too much to do at the end. We gave Glasgow an eleven-point start. and were playing catch-up. We showed great character to come back - another five minutes and we might have won.
“We conceded two tries in a seven-minute period either side of half-time - and that proved critical. Our error rate was too high. Two yellow cards cost us dearly - at this level of rugby you’re in trouble with that kind of indiscipline. The penalty count was critical.”