Try machine Huw Jones believes Glasgow Warriors have the firepower to blast their way back into European Champions Cup contention over the next two weeks.

The centre, who has scored seven tries in his first 11 Test matches for Scotland, is set to make his Warriors debut at Scotstoun this weekend as they play the first of two make-or-break matches with French club Montpellier on successive weekends.

Both teams lost their opening two matches in the four team pool so need to win both matches to have any realistic chance of catching Leinster and Exeter Chiefs, both of whom won their opening two matches.

The arrival of Jones, who has made a habit of scoring tries against the world’s best, with six of his seven international tries having come against New Zealand’s All Blacks, Australia’s Wallabies and England, could consequently not have come at a better time and he is naturally optimistic that they can turn things around.

“It is by no means impossible,” the centre insisted.

“It will be tough, but we’re unbeaten in the league so far, so there’s no reason why we can’t do that again for the rest of our group games.”

Jones noted that while Scotland were running in 16 tries against Samoa, the All Blacks and Australia last month, those still at Scotstoun were keeping standards there high as they extended the club’s record winning run in the Pro14 to 10 successive matches.

“Even the guys that didn’t play against New Zealand and Australia, those are the guys that have been performing so well week in, week out in the league. I think there’s just a really good collective confidence with this team,” he observed.

He believes the mood that has been generated gives them every reason to continue to believe that they can turn things around in Europe.

“Two losses is not ideal, but I think this is just another game,” said Jones.

“We don’t look at it as ‘We’re not performing in Europe’. It’s the same team that we’re putting out. We can go into it not thinking it will be too tough for us.”

Having signed for Glasgow back in February while still committed to remain in the South Africa, Jones could only watch from afar as the European bid got off to such a disappointing start.

“I didn’t manage to catch their game against Exeter. From what I’ve heard it was close, but Exeter away is always tough - most of the Premiership sides lose down there as well,” he observed.

“The one I was surprised by was Leinster, because I think we beat them at home a couple of weeks later, during the Autumn Tests. I was a little bit surprised by that, given that the form going into the European games had been really good - and still is in the league.”

Even that, though, only offers him an opportunity to seek encouragement as he points to the way the team responded to those setbacks.

“I think that gives us confidence as well that we can stay positive,” Jones suggested.

“We’re still playing well, so we can go into this game with a positive mind set.”

On a personal level he is meanwhile looking forward to being able to claim that he really does belong to Glasgow.

“It’s great to finally be involved,” he said.

“People have been considering me a Glasgow player for a while, but until I get my first game I won’t really believe it. It’s great to finally be here training with the guys. I’m very much looking forward to it.”