Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan coach Malcolm Cameron says the return of the Braehead Arena crowd can make a difference on Saturday.

Clan are taking on Guildford Flames (face off 7pm) and it will be the first game back for fans since the lifting of Covid restrictions set by the Scottish Government.

And as the club get ready to welcome back 3,000 fans for the game against the Surrey outfit, Clan’s coach believes the return of the Purple Army can help them achieve the two points.

“Having the home crowd back makes all the difference and we saw that in Sheffield on Wednesday and how the atmosphere energised them at times in the game,” he said.

“Our guys have done really well to get themselves up for games where there’s only been a couple of hundred people in the building and we seemed to get better as we adjusted to it.

“Having 3,500 Purple Army in there can feel like 15,000, the amount of noise they can make and believe me, you can feel it when there’s fight, a big chance or a goal and resonates on our bench.

“This will be something that can help us, just having that energy back in the building again. It’ll be nice to have that back again.”

Clan’s four-game unbeaten run was ended on Wednesday as Sheffield Steelers took the win in a 3-2 overtime success.

But Cameron looked at the positives of the contest, which saw his team add another point to their tally which took them into the top half of the Premier Sports Elite League standings for the first time this season.

“We had an unbelievable first period on Wednesday and probably one of the best we’ve had in my time here,” he added.

“But we reverted to some old habits in the second period and got a little anxious after getting that first goal and against a team like Sheffield, it was hard to get some momentum back.

“Our guys are resilient and I could see on the bench they were going to find a way to tie it up. I give them credit for managing to do that.

“We haven’t had much luck in overtime against Sheffield and it’s a team that knows their own rink.  It’s a point against a really good team so having nine points from the last ten is still pretty good.”