Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara wants his players pushed hard in their pre-season matches.
The Tangerines will spend a week in the Netherlands next month, with friendlies lined up against Vitesse Arnhem on July 10 and FC Utrecht on the 16th.
They will then return home before packing their bags and heading for London, where they will meet Queens Park Rangers at Barnet’s Hive Stadium on the 22nd
United still hope to add another couple of friendlies to their schedule and when they do McNamara will have what he believes to be set of fixtures that will realkly test his players.
“I’m not wanting games against weaker opposition just so we get goals,” said the Tannadice boss.
“I want the players to have real tests so they can hit the ground running when the season starts.
“Holland was very good last year in terms of the facilities we had to train on.
“We are not staying in the same place this time but it’s the same area.
“We’ve checked it out and it will be good.
“In Vitesse and Utrecht we know we’ll be getting real tests when it comes to the games over there.
“The fixtures were also good last year and we know we couldn’t get that standard of opposition if we were staying here.”