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Dyche Previews Ibrox Trip

29 July 2016

Sean Dyche says the trip to Rangers offers another challenge in preparation for the Premier League opener against Swansea City.

The Clarets return to Ibrox after a successful friendly last season, when Scott Arfield’s solitary strike won the game.

And with the Gers already having tasted competitive action in the Scottish League Cup, Dyche feels it is a good next step for his squad.

He said: “We try to look at pre-season in many different ways and we want a real challenge against teams who have got their own thoughts on pushing and demand.

“You’ve seen it a million times where you look on paper and think that’s a real game but it ends up being really slow and we want fast action, real games.

“At Ibrox we found last year under Mark Warburton who I know well they play very expansively on a big pitch and they want to open out.

“Each challenge is a different one and each one is thought of differently to get us ready for the Premier League.

“Rangers are active already playing competitive games so that went into the thinking and the planning.”

Burnley supporters travelled in numbers to see last year’s pre-season fixture against the Scottish giants.

And the Clarets boss feels the friendly ticked all the boxes having planned meticulously as well as trying to make it easy for the supporters.

Dyche added: “We want the fans to be active with us so we tried to regionalise it the best we could.

“Last year, it was good on and off the pitch. The feedback I got was that the fans who went up there really enjoyed it.

“I know Warbo and I know his team will work properly and efficiently. They’ve signed nine or ten players including Joey Barton and Matt Gilks of course so they’ve got some real quality.

“Joey was well thought of here. We loved what he did for us and he loved being here as well and it was one of those great connections with us as staff and the fans as well.

“It also gets you back into the mindset of travelling as well so all these little things we try to think them through.”

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