Saracens need just a single point to make their first appearance in a Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

The Scottish hosts have it all to do to pip Saracens to top spot, needing maximum points as well as denying the visitors any reward for their trip north of the border.

Glasgow could also yet clinch a best runners up spot if they win and results from elsewhere go their way.

Saracens will be confident though of progressing to the knockout stage having outplayed Biarritz last weekend, and will look to the competition’s leading points scorer Glen Jackson to inspire them once again.

The corresponding clash at Vicarage Road in the opening European Cup weekend saw a high-scoring match, with Sarries’ 33-31 win now looking crucial.

Saracens will be looking to book a place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history when they face Glasgow Warriors on Friday night and Director of Rugby Alan Gaffney has named an unchanged team for the trip to Scotland.

The North London club sticks with the same side that beat Biarritz 45-16 last weekend and a win at Firhill will put the club into the knockout stages for the first time, but Glasgow are chasing the same prize and Gaffney is fully aware of the threat posed by the home side.

“This will be our fifth meeting with Glasgow in just over a year so we’ve got to know each other pretty well,” explained Gaffney. “One of those games was a draw and while we have won the other three matches, there has never been more than a score in it so we’re under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be.

“We’re not in the quarter-finals yet by any stretch of the imagination. There is work still to be done. We know we have to go to Glasgow and get a result but we also have to show them a lot of respect as they cannot be underestimated. There are numerous permutations as to what can happen, but the only statistic we need to worry about is that if we can get the win, we’ll make the quarter-finals and also the chance of a home draw.

“We will go there and play positive rugby – we cannot afford to approach the game in any other way. They have a strong home record at Firhill this season and we know it’s going to be a tough test, but the rewards for the club are enormous and that is what we will be focusing on.”