Hogg debate continues

Stuart Hogg is the subject of transfer speculation
Stuart Hogg is the subject of transfer speculation

Stuart Hogg scored twice on his return to action for Glasgow on Saturday night helping the Warriors book a historic home play-off fixture against three time Pro12 winners Munster but it’s the future of the Scottish international that continues to dominate the headlines.

Hogg had been out of action since his red card for Scotland against Wales in March, hit with a three-game ban, and coupled with a hamstring injury, his return was put on hold until Saturday night’s match with Italian side Zebre.

But, speculation on the long-term future of one of Scottish rugby’s hottest properties continues. Warriors head coach, Gregor Townsend, admitted that discussions are ongoing regarding what will happen when the former Green’s full-back contract runs out at the end of next season.

Rumours are rife that Hogg is set for a move to Irish provincial side Ulster, with reports he was spotted at a central Belfast hotel meeting with Ulster Director of Rugby David Humphreys and Head Coach Mark Anscombe.

Townsend, however, remains hopeful that Hogg will stay beyond the end of his current deal.

“With a young player like Stuart, you don’t wait until the final year of his contract to try and fix him up on a new deal. You try and make sure you have something in place before then.

And Townsend added: “He has a year left on his contract and we expect him to see that out. We are in talks to extend that deal.”

A win for Warriors tonight will set-up a first appearance by a Scottish club side in the RaboDirect Pro12 finals.