Dave Rennie has high expectation on 'special' Finn Russell

Finn Russell will be an important figure for Glasgow
Finn Russell will be an important figure for Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie lavished praise on Scotland international Finn Russell on his return to the line-up ahead of the Pro 14 game against Ospreys.

The fly-half was given an extended rest at the start of the season following a gruelling June tour that saw him travel to Australia with the national squad before moving to New Zealand to join British and Irish Lions squad as a late call-up.

To accommodate Russell at number 10, Rennie has decided to shift Peter Horne to 12 for the upcoming home game against Ospreys on Saturday.

"Finn is a special player," he said. "He's excited and has been working really hard.

"I've coached some pretty good 10s around the world and I think Finn could be as good as anyone.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him run the ship."

This will also be the first game at home for Rennie since he took in charge of the Scotscoun outfit and the former Chiefs coach is looking forward to the occasion.

"Being in charge of my first home game will be really special. I've heard a lot about it, we've got great support here and I'm expecting the supporters to be really vocal," he said.

Back-row forward Callum Gibbins will make his debut against the Welsh outfit after joining from Super Rugby side Hurricanes.

"Callum is in fantastic nick," said Rennie. "I know the boys here are loving him, he's a leader and has a fantastic work ethic.

"He'll be really physical on the weekend - I know how pumped he is. It's not easy to leave New Zealand but he's totally committed and the fans will love him, and his mullet."

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