Manager Derek Adams has told his Ross County side to step up a notch in Holland this week.
The Staggies rounded off their domestic pre-season schedule by coming from behind to draw 1-1 against Nairn County in an entertaining match at Station Park on Saturday.
Adams believes County’s trip to Delden will get his team up to speed for their Scottish Premiership opener against St Johnstone on August 10.
He said: “We’ve done our bit by playing around the Highlands. Now we’ve got to step it up and get some good game time away from home.
“It was a good game and I was delighted to get all my players a runout. Nairn did well but we’re not at top tempo yet and we’ve got a few gears to go through.”
Nairn manager Les Fridge felt his side merited the draw and was delighted his part-time players coped with the challenges posed by the Premiership outfit.
He said: “I’m not too bothered about results in pre-season but it’s nice to get a result that our effort deserved, especially against a team of that quality.
“We worked very hard and I’m more than happy. The fitness side is something I’m quite big on. Last year it was quite evident that we finished games very strongly. I like to work at that, especially in pre-season, and it was good to finish off our pre-season campaign with a performance like that.”
Nairn took the lead after 12 minutes when the ball broke for Adam Naismith to shoot from 20 yards, his shot taking a wicked deflection off Jim Fenlon to wrongfoot Staggies goalkeeper Antonio Reguero.
Ross County’s best chance of the first half came when Jake Jervis got the slightest of touches to turn Richard Brittain’s free kick on to the post.
The Staggies equalised four minutes into the second half through a combination of two half-time substitutes.
Joe Cardle played the ball into the feet of Liam Boyce, and he brought the ball into his stride with an expert touch before rifling a low shot into the far corner.
Cardle hit the bar with a rasping drive late on but neither side could find the breakthrough.