Tony Mowbray says getting the right balance of pre-season games has proved difficult this year, but he believes they will provide an opportunity for Rovers to work on a new style of play.
Rovers, who welcomed Liverpool and Everton to Ewood Park last summer, will play six away friendlies this time around, predominantly against lower league opposition.
Mowbray’s men will travel to Barrow (July 6th), Rochdale (July 14th), Mansfield Town (July 17th), Bury (July 24th) and Blackpool (July 27th), as well as heading north of the border to take on Scottish giants Rangers at Ibrox on July 21st.
The Rovers manager hopes to develop a more possession-based side for the upcoming season and he sees the summer schedule as the ideal opportunity to put his plans into practice.
“They were difficult this year,” said Mowbray.
“As you saw last year, we like the bigger games, they’re better for me, but we haven’t managed to get the balance 100% how we would have liked it.
“Rangers away is a very, very tough game for us, of course.
“I do think that if we’re going to try and develop an in-possession based game if we can and try to build from the back, I do think it’s the way forward.
“I think we showed in the last six or seven games of the season that we can build from the back and we can be a threat over the top.
“If teams sit deep, we can get it into the 10s. If teams push really high, then we can get it over the top to the Armstrongs.
“So I think they are good games to build our philosophy for this season.
“We’re looking forward to them and hopefully the supporters who travel to those games will enjoy the experience of watching the matches.”