Dundee United manager Micky Mellon said his stars answered a number of difficult questions during their 4-1 friendly win over a Rangers B team.
Nicky Clark, Calum Butcher, Lawrence Shankland and Dillon Powers were on the score-sheet for the Tangerines as they enjoyed a comfortable victory over Kevin Thomson’s second-string Gers side, which featured the likes of Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart, Greg Docherty and new boy Calvin Bassey.
Mellon told ArabZONE: “You come to a place like this, you know you’re going to face a group of players that are very talented and will ask different questions to what we’ve faced in pre-season.
“We were able to answer those questions. To come here and score four goals, we’re pleased.
“It’s a big step forward in our pre-season preparations. They were well-worked goals and in our performance there was a lot of stuff we’ve worked on already.
“I found out some more stuff (about the group) as well today.
“We got everything necessary we needed out of it.”
Former Tranmere Rovers gaffer Mellon said United had faced a Light Blues outfit packed with talent.
He added: “If you look at their first XI, it’s probably a team you could put out in the Scottish Premiership.
“There was a lot of talent and we knew it’d be a tough test for our boys.
“That was a serious first XI out there with a lot of talent and some of the better players in the country playing there.
“It was a good run out for us. We got everything we needed and we’ve been well looked after by Rangers.
“It was important we got another game in. It’s another step in the relationship between me and the players, it’s been a worthwhile day for us.”