7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
He also believes his Glasgow side have got to beat one of the big sides in Europe to underline the progress he feels they are making and Biarritz on Sunday would be a good way to start.
"I have been disappointed with the style of play that both we are playing and the teams coming to Firhill are managing," admitted the former Leicester centre.
"I think it is a bit of a hangover from the World Cup with teams not taking risks and playing conservative rugby, but it does not make much of a spectacle or a game for players who want to play.
"If we come up against a team that is willing to play then then we would also like to play openly, in some ways the type of game is determined by the opposition.
"We would like to keep the ball in hand and attack Biarritz, but it is easier to defend when it is narrow.
"We believe we are a good side, but it takes a victory against one of the big sides in Europe to cement that.
"Motivation can be difficult against teams you should beat, but when you are facing teams with the reputation of Biarritz, Toulouse, Leicester or Munster it is very easy to get motivated for those.
"I played against Biarritz for Leicester and we lost both games, home and away, they are a top class side who are maybe not playing as well as they can at the moment but they have been to finals in the past."