Charlie Mulgrew captains Rovers against one of his former clubs for today's League One opener away to Southend United.
The Scotland international played 20 games for the Essex club on loan from Wolves during the 2007-08 season.
Tony Mowbray's starting line-up includes four summer signings - with Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Dominic Samuel and Bradley Dack all getting the nod for the game at Roots Hall.
Rovers' back five of new number one David Raya, Ryan Nyambe, Darragh Lenihan, Mulgrew and Derrick Williams all started the final game of last season at Brentford, whilst Danny Graham, who has netted five goals in six games this pre-season, leads the line.
Craig Conway misses out with a hamstring injury, whilst Ben Gladwin isn't risked with a slight calf strain.
There's a familiar face in the Southend starting line-up, as Stephen Hendrie, who made seven appearances for Rovers on loan from West Ham last season, starts for the Shrimpers.
SOUTHEND: Oxley, Demetriou, Ferdinand (c), White, Hendrie, Kightly, Timlin, Leonard, McGlashan, Cox, Fortune.
Subs: Smith, McLaughlin, Kiernan, Yearwood, Bridge, Kyprianou, Robinson.
ROVERS: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Whittingham, Samuel, Bennett, Dack, Graham.
Subs: Leutwiler, Ward, Caddis, Tomlinson, Evans, Feeney, Chapman.