Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Mike Blair says his side have some season-defining fixtures on their schedule in January.
The former Scotland scrum-half has stressed that their first three games of 2017 will be vital considering they play strong sides in Cardiff Blues in the PRO12 and then Munster and Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup after that.
"It’s a big three weeks for us and in a way they define our season," Blair told The Courier.
"We certainly don’t want to drop off the top four in the PRO12 any further, and they’ve all been playing really well recently.
"We’ve had a good record at home in the PRO12 up until a few weeks ago, but the crowd at home in the Racing game at home a couple of weeks ago really lifted us.
"It was an incredible atmosphere and there are a few of us who hadn’t experienced anything like that at a club game before. But it’s a big game this week again and we’ve got a bunch of players who want to get out there and perform well."