Glasgow Warriors lock Jonny Gray is set to return from injury for Friday's PRO12 match against Ulster at Scotstoun.
The 22-year-old suffered a partial pectoral tear during Scotland's Six Nations victory over France two weeks ago, but after a speedy recovery the Glasgow skipper has resumed training and is ready to report for duty in this weekend's crucial contest.
“Having Jonny in the team as captain is a massive plus,” forwards coach Dan McFarland toldThe Scotsman.
“In my mind he is a world-class player. So far, and bearing in mind he is a very young man, he may not have had the headlines that an Alyn Wyn Jones has had.
"He has a way to go to get them, but I have no doubt he can get to that level because he has already played a fantastic role at a high level for us.”
McFarland also expects the international players, including the injured Finn Russell (out with concussion sustained against France) to be up for PRO12 selection this week following their Six Nations campaign with the national side.
“While the internationalists have been away the lads who have been here have excelled," he said.
"They have done a really good job over that period, but we love to have the whole squad together, so having everyone back is brilliant."