Unlike those of his colleagues who learned their trade at Firhill before the club made the switch to Scotstoun, Adam Hastings’ experience of playing in football stadiums is extremely limited.

While such occasions have become commonplace for this week’s opponents Leinster, who have been serial participants in major finals, the 22-year-old Scotland play-maker had to reach back into the memory banks to recall his solitary run out onto a football pitch and that was to play the round ball game in a Scottish private schools contest.

“I played at Tynecastle. That was my schools’ cup final for Watsons… against Stewart’s Melville. We lost 3-0. It was crap,” he recalled, before self-deprecatingly adding that his lack of pace having been exposed as he played out on the right, he was subsequently shifted to centre back.

A confident character, however, he is more likely to be inspired than disconcerted, typically seeing potential benefits rather than problems in comparing it with Glasgow Warriors’ home ground across the city, while claiming that a ‘captain’s run’ visit on the eve of the match should be sufficient to ensure that he has his bearings.


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“I’m fairly used to it,” he said of having to adjust to different venues.

“I’m not really sure of the dimensions of the pitch, if its wider or shorter or what not. Scotstoun is pretty windy, so hopefully the stands give a bit of cover.”

A similar attitude pertains when it comes to the prospect of going head-to-head with Johnny Sexton, the man identified as the best player in the world in 2018 when seeking to marshal his team.

“He’s a quality player, he’s played in some massive games and his track-record or his CV is pretty good, but it will be no different to playing someone like Owen Farrell, I’m sure I don’t think it will make too much difference to my game,” said Hastings.

Ireland’s play-maker is expected to be back this week after being left out of the starting line-up for their semi-final against Munster and his opposite number reckons the ferocity of that derby will have helped Leinster shake off the disappointment of the previous week’s Champions Cup loss, noting that: “It was a good one for them going into the final, I suppose. Munster are a quality outfit themselves so I think they’ll be happy with that.”