Pre-season is known to be tough on the legs, but club captain Charlie Mulgrew says getting the right balance in the schedule can make this time of year a little more enjoyable.
In Mulgrew's early career, constant running throughout pre-season was a regular theme, but as the years have passed, getting ball work under the belt is just as important.
The defender, who represented Scotland on two occasions during the off-season, was granted extended leave due to his international exploits and therefore missed the week-long training camp in Austria.
But back at Brockhall, the 33-year-old is happy with the modern day techniques of work and play.
“We’ve had a lot of 11 v 11 stuff so far this pre-season, which has allowed the manager to get his messages across regarding how he wants us to play," the experienced central defender reflected to iFollow Rovers after returning to pre-season.
“We normally do the ball work in the morning before the running in the afternoon, which gives us a good balance of things every day.
“The longer these things are repeated, shown and reiterated, it’ll become more normal for all the lads, particularly the new signings. It can only be beneficial for all of us to keep putting in the work.
“With every training session, you’re looking to be ready for that first game of the season.
"With each session you’re putting in the work ready for that first game against Charlton Athletic."