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Moffat forced to make changes

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat has made four changes to his side for Monday's Magners League clash with Glasgow Warriors at Firhill.

Chris Paterson has not recovered sufficiently from a shoulder injury sustained in the 24-22 Heineken Cup win over Castres four days ago and has been replaced at full-back by Jim Thompson.

Scott MacLeod, the lock forward who has not featured since suffering a rib injury during Scotland's EMC Autumn Test win against South Africa last month, returns to the second row alongside Fraser McKenzie, who missed the Castres match with a minor back strain.In the back row. Ross Rennie takes the place of Stuart McInally, with captain Roddy Grant moving from openside flanker to number eight.

Moffat said: "I'm happy with the side we'll be sending out, and I've been really impressed by the attitude that the players have shown in training ahead of what is a vital game.

"Chris is feeling a lot better than earlier in the week, but we've decided to err on the side of caution and make sure he is absolutely right when he does return to the field again.

"In terms of replacements, Jim is a very talented player who is more than capable of rising to the level of challenge we'll all face at Firhill on Monday.

"It's great to have Scott MacLeod in the fold once more - he's a big influence in the team and in the dressing room and he and Fraser have worked very well as a pairing this season.

"There's a real onus on everyone to make sure we deliver a 15-man performance and give ourselves a chance of winning the game.

"The players all understand that and can't wait to get out there and stuck in."

The first Greaves Sports 1872 Cup derby between the sides takes place on Monday, with the return at Murrayfield on January 2.

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