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Rennie quick to make his mark in Glasgow

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Monday, October 9, 2017    Getty Images

It was never going to be easy for him, Glasgow are drawn in the same Champions Cup group as Exeter (England's champions), Montpellier (the top 14 leaders who just happen to have Aaron Cruden at first five-eighths) and Leinster (winner of the European competitions three times).

Not only that, having reached the play-offs in Europe last year, the local fans want to do better this time around.

But as he told The Sunday Times at the weekend, "I think it's a fair thing to say, and if you've aspirations of winning things, you're going to have to play and beat the good sides. I'm sure the guys will take confidence from getting through to the final eight last year. But we don't want to be satisfied with that: we've got to set higher goals.

"We realise the path is difficult, but often success is judged by how much silverware you have in the cupboard. What we know is that we have a good side, we've got good depth so we've got to be aspirational around trying to win the thing. If we don't, then it won't have been successful," he said.

With six consecutive wins to start the season Glasgow have impressed. An understanding of how the Cheetahs, a former rival in Investec Super Rugby, played helped Glasgow claim a win in Bloemfontein.

"We're asking them to play a slightly different style. Gregor's [now Scotland coach Townsend] done a great job around playing a really positive brand of footy and we want to build on that.

"We also want to be a bit more brutal so we've got the ability to go through the middle of teams and generate a lot of quick ball. We're starting to see some change, but it's only a start," he said.

Rennie has already put the family quality into action with the side and has been keen to show them his human face. At the same time he has been looking to help the team realise they are playing for something bigger than themselves or the team.

"I know some people are the total opposite. They think you come to work, you train them to play, you're really tough on them and make sure there's a disconnect so you don't get too close to them. I like to show my human side. I'm pretty driven and the players understand there are expectations about how hard we work and how they act, but I want to get to know them and their partners too.

"It's about trying to work out how guys tick, and making sure that everything they're doing off-field helps them to play well," he said.