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Tony looking forward to Easter Road return

The boss returns to familiar territory having spent two years managing Hibs in the early 2000s

7 July 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says a trip to Hibernian will be exactly the sort of test his side needs ahead of the first team's maiden pre-season outing of the 2018-19 campaign.

The boss' first taste of full time management came with the Edinburgh-based club back in 2004, with Mowbray enjoying two years in charge before taking up the reins at West Bromwich Albion.

Ahead of his return to Easter Road, Tony has confirmed that a full first team will travel north of the border, with new boys Joe Rothwell and Jacob Davenport both set for their non-competitive debuts for Rovers.

“It should be a good day, playing at a nice stadium and a place I know well from 14 or 15 years ago," Mowbray began when previewing the game.

"It's a club that's build up and now has aspirations of European football, which will start for them again next week.

“It will be a good test for us. We're not really bothered about the results when it comes to pre-season, it's mainly about the performance. It's about how we work, how much running we do, closing down the opposition."

And the chief adds that there will be an opportunity for some of the younger players to stake their claim in the Scottish capital.

“The plan is to maybe start our young players on Sunday, like [Lewis] Travis, like [Joe] Nuttall," he revealed. "But everyone will be coming with us to Edinburgh and they will all get game time."

Kick-off at Easter Road is at 3pm and you can read a full preview ahead of the game by clicking here.

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