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Glasgow’s Braehead Clan defenceman Cody Carlson reckons the visit of title challengers Belfast Giants on Saturday is a good test for the team.

Derrick Walser’s in-form team head to Glasgow on the back of two wins over fellow league candidates Sheffield Steelers and Cardiff Devils – all away from home.

Carlson says sticking to the game plan could be the key to victory as Braehead look to build on the seven points from the last possible eight they’ve taken in recent games.

“I think for us keeping to the systems and sticking to what we know that works,” Carlson said. “Belfast are a great team and a great test for us to find out where we are right now.

“I don’t think Belfast have seen us at our best and if we stick to the systems, I think we’re going to have a good showing against them.

“It’s different scenarios for every game and we see this as a chance to prove ourselves against Belfast and they’re the hottest team in the league.

“They have a good all-round team with skilled guys and good defencemen, plus they do a lot of the little things right which is why they’ve been successful so far.”

Carlson revealed he’s being unleashed from the cage finally as he recovers from recent nose surgery.

He added: “The nose is fine now and I finally got the cage off it.  I was pleased as I didn’t have to take any games off.  That cage held on for a couple of weeks so now I’m good to go.

“I broke it about a month ago and had to wait three weeks before I could get an operation to fix it.  After that I had to wait a couple of weeks just to make sure it was okay.

“It took me a few games to get used to, but being back in the visor is nice certainly.”