Glasgow return for Bhatti
Scotland prop Jamie Bhatti will be returning to his first professional club this summer, after the loose-head agreed a deal to re-join Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
The 27-year-old loose-head follows in the footsteps of Duncan Weir in returning to Scotstoun ahead of the new season, whilst Scotland stars Scott Cummings and Sam Johnson - along with young talents Tom Gordon and Jamie Dobie - have also extended their contracts with the Warriors in recent weeks.
Born in Stirling, the former Stirling County and Melrose man made his Glasgow debut away to the Scarlets in November 2016 and went on to make 47 appearances in a Warriors shirt.
The prop made an immediate impression upon the Warrior Nation, his brand of dynamic carrying and powerful scrummaging making him a valuable asset to the Glasgow pack.
He played an integral role in Glasgow’s run to the 2019 Guinness PRO14 Final at Celtic Park, starting in both the semi-final victory over Ulster at Scotstoun and the final against Leinster amongst 17 Guinness PRO14 appearances in 2018/19.
A season-long spell at Edinburgh followed, before joining English Premiership outfit Bath in December 2020.
Bhatti’s form for Glasgow saw him selected in Gregor Townsend’s squad for the 2017 Autumn Tests, with the loose-head making his international debut against Samoa in November of that year.
Just a fortnight later the prop endeared himself to Scotland supporters with a memorable 40 metre line break against Australia, as he helped the men in blue to a record victory over the southern hemisphere heavyweights.
He has earned 16 caps for his country to date, most recently in November’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with France at BT Murrayfield.
On the announcement of his return to Scotstoun, Bhatti told glasgowwarriors.org: “I’m buzzing to get back to Glasgow and play for a club that I’m hugely passionate about.
“I left Glasgow with some of my best rugby memories and finished playing in that Guinness PRO14 final at Celtic Park in 2019.
“I was playing the best rugby I’ve ever played when I left the club and I can’t wait to return and kick on.
“I really rate Danny as a coach and I’m looking forward to working with him and the other coaches full-time.
“I can’t wait to get back to Scotstoun.”
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson added: “I’ve worked with Jamie at Scotland and watched him play a lot.
“He was part of Scotland’s Autumn Nations Cup squad and he’s a physical rugby player and a good aggressive scrummager.
“We’ve spoken a lot and he’s really passionate about Glasgow and returning to the club.
“We look forward to welcoming Jamie back to Scotstoun.”