Manager Brian Flynn spoke to Rovers Player ahead of the short trip to Scunthorpe for Saturday’s local derby.
Brian admitted that it will be a great occasion for the fans and that the game will have a derby atmosphere.
“I’ve just been informed that all our allocation has been sold for the game, It will be a great derby atmosphere; these sorts of games always give you that - there’s always a different edge to derby games.”
Flynn is an old time friend of Iron manager Brian Laws and admitted he wanted them to do well and escape relegation.
“I know Brian [Laws] really well; he was at Burnley at the same time as I was. Brian took my digs when I left them and got married – we go back a long way.
“He’s had a very successful playing and managerial career, I hope they do well and stay up but just not on Saturday.
“We have to be focused on what we do. We have to keep the players ready, relaxed and focused – if we go into game like that we will be ok.
“The group as a whole are very good trainers and take instruction well, which is important at this stage of the season, we are a team full of grafters that enjoy working hard.”
When asked about whether he is looking to rotate his squad, Flynn revealed that he firmly believes that if the team is doing well, it stays the same.
“As you will be aware as a manager I believe possession is nine tenths of the law; if you’re in the team and doing well it stays the same. At this stage of the season, when you’re winning games and the players are doing well they don’t want to be left out.”
Brian also revealed that he is looking beyond this season and that plans are already in place for next term.
“I have got my plans in place for next season in terms of how we are going to build the structure of the club, in terms of players. The board have readily accepted what I have given them and come the end of the season I will tell you exactly what is happening.
“We’re planning for the Championship; that’s the only place to be looking with the position we are in at the moment.
“Calls have all ready been put in and things are set up ready to go; your contact book is a major asset to have, and I’ve got that through many years of managing. You don’t get favours in football but there are preferences where managers will allow players to go.”