Tanski issues call to arms for Clan play-off push

Glasgow Clan's Scott Tanski has urged the fans to be louder than ever when they face Manchester Storm on Friday (PHOTO: Al Goold)

Glasgow Clan forward Scott Tanski has appealed to the fans to turn out in numbers ahead of what could be a season-defining weekend.

The Scottish side are eighth place and in danger of dropping out of the play-off reckoning unless their form changes as they prepare to host Manchester Storm on Friday then head to Coventry Blaze on Saturday before going to the Storm Shelter for a rematch on Sunday.

And Tanski has appealed to the Purple Army to get behind the team and insists the belief is still there in the locker room that they can get behind the regular season.

“We appreciate everyone’s support all through the season and we understand things aren’t going well,” he told the club’s Clan Chat podcast. “They have every right to be disappointed.

“We’re not happy either, but we need their support now more than ever and if you care about the club and helping us get out of this, then we need the fans to be louder than ever.

Tanski is in his second season with the club (PHOTO: Al Goold)

“It’s not easy when you’re losing, but we all still believe in this team and the support, especially on the road will give us a huge boost and it can help us do something special.

“We’re looking ahead to this weekend and this is the type of stretch that will tell you where you are competitively and the passion and pride you have as a hockey player.

“If we put our heads down and work hard, I see no reason why we can’t come away with a play-off position.”

Zack Fitzgerald’s side are in a precarious position ahead of the busy weekend, with only two wins in their last 14, one of which a 3-2 success over Ryan Finnerty’s side.

Storm, along with Dundee Stars and Fife Flyers, also chasing top eight berths and have picked up crucial points at a time when Clan’s form has gone the other way.

Tanski revealed there had been a players only meeting earlier this week as Clan look to arrest their slump in form (PHOTO: Al Goold)

The 29-year-old revealed there had been a players only meeting at the start of the week as they looked to stop the rot and Tanski believes it’s been a beneficial exercise.

He added: “It’s been a positive week on the back of the result on Saturday and we all got together at the start of the week to discuss some stuff in a players-only meeting.

“There are a lot of leaders in that team and hearing what they had to say has brought us closer together and I think people will see a different team coming out this weekend.

“It’s far from over and we’re in control of our destiny.  We talked at length about it, worked hard in practice and it’s been a positive step going forward.

“We know how big these three games are for us and where we stand. It’s past the point of making excuses.  We’ve led our lead slip away and we’re not looking back.

“Just getting there is the most important thing and you only need to look at Coventry a few years ago when they finished in a low position and went on to win the whole thing so we’re focussed on game by game.  At this stage, you never know what’s going to happen.”

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