Ross ready to join Reivers battle for the No 10 shirt

Gordon Ross is expected to be unveiled as Edinburgh Reivers' latest signing on Monday.

The Heriot's FP stand-off has attracted interest from south of the border, in particular at Saracens. But has made it no secret that he would rather stay in Scotland.

He has been called into the Reivers squad on several occasions over the last season, and was also named among thereplacements for Scotland Atowards the end of the season.

Ross will now fight for the No10 shirt with Duncan Hodge and Chris Paterson, although the latter could find his career directed towards the full-back berth following a successful start to his international career in that position.

Reivers said yesterday that they will announce on Monday the signing of "an exciting new player", understood to be Ross, along with the re-signing of"an important member of the current squad".

West of Scotland will join forces with local rivals Glasgow Hawks today to mark the official opening of their new grandstand at Burnbrae.

Their combined forces will form a West President's XV who will face a star-studded Co-optimists line-up in the later of two celebratory matches, each featuring a host of big names from past and present. Former Lions prop Sandy Carmichael will perform the official tape-cutting at the end of the first game between Glasgow Classics and Scotland Classics.

Among the former Murrayfield heroes listed to appear in the Classics tussle are Iwan Tukalo, Ewan Kennedy and, Dave McIvor. The kick-off times are 1pm and 2.30pm, while the Co-optimists will include many players currently contracted to either Glasgow Caley Reds or Edinburgh Reivers.

Glasgow Classics (from): Dave Barrett, John Henderson, Matt Duncan, Ally Logan, Phil Manning, Donnie Robertson, Ian Jardine, Bruce Duncan, Bryan Gossman, Hamish Fyfe, Fraser Stott, Sandy Service, John Gibson, Brian Robertson, Mike Blackie, Sandy Crerar, Kevin McKenzie, Dougie Livingston, Stewart Campbell, Chas Afuakah, David Jackson, Chic Calderwood, John Beattie, Fergus Wallace, Dave McVey, Walter Malcolm, John Lonergan.

Scottish Classics (from): Chris Spence, Calum MacGregor, Iwan Tukalo, John Kerr, Ewan Kennedy, Jimmy Turnbull, Brian Edwards, Alex Carruthers, Ally Donaldson, Neil Marshall, Kenny Harper, Dave Brewster, Andy Henderson, Ian Corcoran, Ken McAuley, Ken McLeish, Iain Paxton, Brian Ireland, Kenny Wilson, Gordon Dickson, Dave McIvor.

Referee: A Clift (Irvine)

President's Select (from): Alan Williamson, Gerry Hawkes, Alan Gibbon, Ian Steele, Nigel Scullion, Graham Thomson, Colin Duck, Cammy Little, Nicky McLeod, Duncan Little, David Jamieson, Carlo Diciacca, Chris Docherty, Ross Balmer, Donny Gibb, Guy Perrett, Scott McKechnie, Alastair Kellock, Andrew Borthwick, Rory McKay, Paul McLeod, Greg Francis, Robert Niven.

Co-optimists (from): Mike Duncan (Currie), Jon Stuart, Ian McInroy (both Glasgow Caley), Stuart Lang (Edinburgh Reivers), Charlie Keenan (Heriot's), Nicky Barrett (Glasgow Hawks), Rory Lawson (Heriot's), Ross Haddow, Stephen Threadgall (both Watsonians), Wayne Mitchell (Melrose), Martin Murray (Selkirk), Dave Boswall (Heriot's), Scott Aitken (Melrose), Marty Waite (Glasgow Caley), Craig McDonald (Kirkcaldy), Gregor Hayter (Edinburgh Reivers), Ewan Murray (Glasgow Southern), Dougie Hall (Hillhead/Jordanhill), Alan Brown (Dundee HSFP), David Irvine (Langholm).

Referee: E Murray (Greenock Wanderers).