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Dyche Delight As Clarets Old Firm

21 July 2015

Sean Dyche was delighted as his players edged the prestigious friendly game away at Glasgow Rangers.

Scott Arfield struck the decisive goal for the Clarets, who were without three strikers nursing knocks.

And Dyche, who had to shuffle his pack, was happy at the work-out in a highly competitive Anglo-Scottish clash north of the border.

He said: “It was excellent. This is my first time up here and it’s a fantastic club with a rich history and I enjoyed being here myself.

“I’m sure the players did too and we got great value out of Rangers tonight for what we need.

“It’s only our second competitive game and we ended up with players on the pitch for longer than we’d have liked because, unfortunately, we’ve only one centre forward fit.

“We’d have liked most to play 60 and 30 minutes and then the reverse tomorrow (a behind-closed-doors game). That hasn’t happened as we wished, so three of the young lads travelled up today and played their part.”

Dyche revealed that summer signing Jelle Vossen missed the game with as tight calf, while Sam Vokes was also rested (thigh) and Marvin Sordell failed to travel as he undergoes treatment to another minor injury.

The gaffer added: “They are nothing too drastic, but we had to be careful at this stage with a lot of games coming up, but it was a fantastic experience and the fans were fantastic, so we’re pleased we’ve got a result, even though it’s pre-season.

“They (Rangers) had the upper hand for the first 25 minutes, but we gave a good response in the second half and we looked stronger as the game went on, certainly physically and I’m pleased with that because it’s early.”

Skipper Jason Shackell also missed the game as he continues to undergo treatment for back and calf injuries.

And Dyche refuted reports from the Midlands that the former Derby County captain was in talks over a move back to the iPro Stadium.

He said: “We are a strong club now and we stand by our beliefs. It will be me who makes any decisions about players, along with the Board and Frank McParland.

“But it comes down to me and I can assure you he (Shackell) is a Burnley player at the moment.

“I’m not saying that won’t change, but at this moment some of the reports are way, way wide of the mark.

“If we are ready to do business, then we will do business.”

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