The Man City boss Mark Hughes is looking forward to testing his new multi-million dollar squad against the Old Firm before the new Premiership season starts. An interview in the Daily Express said: MARK HUGHES believes facing Rangers and Celtic in pre-season matches will help his Manchester City side prosper next season.
City manager Hughes is at a training camp in Germany with his squad before they fly to South Africa for the Vodacom Trophy, where they will face the Kaiser Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
But Hughes says he cannot wait to return to Britain to play Glasgow’s Auld Firm. City face Rangers on August 4, then play Celtic four days later.
Hughes believes the intensity of the atmosphere during the matches will stand his players in good stead.
City’s new-found wealth has seen them become one of the most disliked sides in the Premier League with supporters around the country likely to target them this season.
Hughes is hoping the matches against Rangers and Celtic will harden his players’ resolve. He said: “We have good-quality matches waiting for us when we get back and to face Rangers and Celtic within four days will be a test.
“We will have three games in that week and I expect it will give everyone a chance to get some game-time.
“We also know that the atmosphere in terms of the crowd in the two games against the Scottish sides will be terrific.
“That is important, too, because it will help us prepare for the intensity of the first game of the season at Blackburn Rovers.”
It will be interesting to see how close his superstars have become to making a team by then. Are Celtic and Rangers fans worried about facing the new look Man City team?