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Good to be back for a tough test

Amari'i Bell appeared for the first time in pre-season for Rovers, and felt there were positive signs at Ibrox

22 July 2019

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Amari'i Bell was back in the team for the first time in pre-season against Rangers on Sunday afternoon and felt Rovers showed positive signs at Ibrox.

Lewis Travis' close range strike ensured Rovers continued their unbeaten start to pre-season after Jermain Defoe had given the hosts the advantage with a header on the half hour mark.

Rovers certainly didn't look out of place against the Glaswegians, who are ahead of Tony Mowbray's side on the schedule due to their Europa League campaign.

“We knew coming to Ibrox would be a tough test for us," Bell reflected after the 1-1 draw.

"We knew we had to get our shape right and work them down and I felt we did that, particularly in the second half.

“They are a bit ahead of us, so they were sharper than us. I thought we did well on the day to go and get the draw.

“It was a good chance today to work on our shape and our defensive unit. It’s a long season so we have plenty of time to work on more things.

“The gaffer wants to play a little different this year, the boys are right behind the ideas and we have time to nail down the principles," he revealed.

“We have a couple more games to go before the season starts to work on more things.

“It felt really good to be back out there and to get some minutes. I have been a bit unfortunate in the last few weeks due to illness and injury.”

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