Stags prepare to take on Dundee in opener

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Mansfield Town will give all their players some minutes in Saturday’s opening pre-season friendly game (6pm) against Scottish Premier League side Dundee in Portugal.

It will be a first chance for Stags fans, who have flown out there, to see the club’s five new signings plus on-trial Nathan Cameron in action.

This will be Dundee’s third game, having drawn 1-1 with Brechin City and beaten Cowdenbeath 1-0.

“Most of the players will get between 45 and 60 minutes,” said Mansfield manager David Flitcroft.

“We are viewing it as a training game, even though Dundee are probably two weeks in front of us. It will be great to gauge where we are and where they are.

“We’ll be looking at our data – maximum heart rates, distance covered – and make real decisions at 45 minutes from that.

“It’s a stimulus. It’s something for players to look forward to.”

Flitcroft has been delighted so far with how his squad have taken to the week-long training camp in Portugal.

“Their application has been phenomenal,” he said. “I’ve been absolutely delighted with the work ethic, the camaraderie, getting each other through sessions – that’s a key thing.

“You feel your body is not going to get there but someone else gets you through it. That’s what a training camp gives you.

“Football seasons are arduous and you have got to back your base foundations in.”

Saturday’s match will take place at Amendoeira Golf Resort.

Entrance is free for Stags’ supporters, however both clubs have been warned of a 200-spectator capacity.

Dundee finished ninth in Scottish football’s top tier last season.