Saints to test Glasgow's potential
August 14, 2000

Glasgow Caledonians coach Richie Dixon believes that the pre-season game at Northampton will give him a chance to further assess his side's potential.

Dixon would love to overturn the European champions at Franklin's Gardens, but is more concerned about bringing is side up to speed in their preparations for the new Welsh/Scottish League season.

``It is more a case of working the players, but it will certainly give us an
idea of where we are at which is all about preparation for the season,'' said Dixon.

``We have decided with Northampton coach Jon Steele to allow more than the usual number of subs - something like eight or nine - because it is just a pre-season game.

``We are taking a party of 24 down there and I will finalise the team from that number.

``It is a chance to integrate some of the guys who stayed at home with some of the guys who went to Canada and this is another step along the road to the end of the season.''

Dixon is now hoping that the Reds can continue the fine form they showed on tour in Canada.

He said: ``I think the tour was a great success for us.

``It gave some of the guys who hadn't played with us for six months the chance to get a game again - people like Craig Chalmers, Gareth Flockhart, Darren Burns and Steven Griffiths.

``They were competitive games for us and we also had the opportunity to get in a week's intensive training.

``The games were obviously the test for us and they came through them well.

``So we are looking forward to getting to Northampton and integrating some of the guys who stayed at home back into the squad.

``I'm looking forward to getting the whole squad back together now ahead of the new season.

``But we picked up one or two knocks. Lee Harrison rolled his ankle and
Stewart Campbell picked up an Achilles injury. So they will be rested.

``The young guys really impressed me out in Canada and it was good to see the older guys getting up to speed again.''

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