Scotland players such as John Barclay are being given a festive break in order to rest their bodies ahead of Glasgow's most eagerly-anticipated game of the season.
Barclay, who started all three of Scotland's autumn Tests and is a leading contender for the Lions tour of South Africa next summer, and his Warriors team-mates have been given five days off over Christmas.
The move is designed to have Barclay, Dan Parks, Thom Evans and company in the best possible shape for the 1872 Cup clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Boxing Day.
Glasgow’s head fitness coach Gary Sherriff explained that, although the players will the absent from their training base at Whitecraigs RFC, they will be doing personal workouts to tide them over.
He said: “The players are being given some much needed respite as we reach the midway point in the league.
“It’s important they get time to relax and recuperate during a long and hard season, but some of them will still have work to do during the five days.
"It’s important that they don’t lose too much muscle mass so some have been instructed to fit a couple of gym sessions in - nothing too strenuous, but it’s important they keep on top of things.
“The two games against Edinburgh are absolutely crucial so the players need to have some time to recover in order to be in the best possible shape.”