David Moyes believes that the game with Rangers will be crucial
as the Blues prepare for the new season.
Everton supporters, players and officials have been looking
forward to the clash with the Glasgow giants since the fixture was
announced in May.
As a former Celtic defender, Moyes knows all about matches with
the Light Blues and isn't anticipating anything different when
he takes his Everton side to Ibrox.
"It will be a big day at Ibrox but no game is a friendly
for Rangers or Celtic," said Moyes.
"Rangers is just another build-up match as we prepare for
the kick off against Arsenal.
"The quality of the opposition will be superior to the
sides we have played so far. It is a bigger step up for us and we
are looking forward to it."
"There'll be a big, big crowd at the game and that will
be good for this time of the season.
"I think that there's a bit of history between us and
both the Glasgow clubs, I think there's been connections
between different players and different managers, so obviously,
that will add a little bit extra.
"Scottish teams tend to be a little bit more prepared than
we are at this time of the season and being a Scotsman I know that
they'll want to beat any team that comes up from England, so
they will be hard games for us, but hopefully good games."
Meanwhile, as the Everton first-team squad departed for Glasgow,
the Blues Boss has revealed that he is looking for his team to step
up a gear as they prepare for the new season.
Moyes was extremely displeased after the 0-2 reversal at Crewe
in midweek and is looking for a significant improvement in his
players during the training camp north of the border.
With the new season just three weeks away, the Goodison Chief
will be keeping a close eye on his players, both in the arranged
friendlies and in training.
"We're moving on now, we've now been back for three
weeks and mainly been doing physical work," he explained.
"We're concentrating a lot more on working with the
football, trying to put together the foundations for another good
"We're not quite looking for the team to start the
campaign just yet, we're still looking for the players to get
match practice and their competitive edge back.
"We'll continue to juggle the players about, but
we're looking for signs to see that people are getting ready
and which ones who are looking as if they'll be ready for the
start of the season."