Burnley captain Tom Heaton expects a tough Euro test against Aberdeen because the Dons returned earlier for pre-season.
Aberdeen are now into their third week of training ahead of the Europa League second qualifying round clash with the English Premier League Clarets.
Derek McInnes’ side packed in a week-long training session at the Fota Island Resort in Cork ahead of the first leg at Pittodrie on July 26.
Ironically Burnley are now at Fota Island and will be based there this week having arrived yesterday.
Heaton said: “I think it will be a tough tie because their season starts before ours, but we will be ready and we’ll approach the two-legged game in the right manner.
“The feeling is one of excitement really.
“It’s still three weeks away and that’s a long time in pre-season and although it’s always there in the back of your mind, no one is getting ahead of themselves.
“You could feel that excitement last season, that positive journey and the connection with the fans and we want to take that forward.
“It’s a great marker being in Europe, but we don’t want it to end there.
“We want to kick on and see how far we can go.“
Burnley will play Cork in a friendly on Friday.
Heaton said: “It will be nice to go back to Cork.
“I remember last time it was a tough trip and I’m sure the manager has the same sort of thing planned.
“It should be a good trip that brings everyone back together.
“We spend a lot of time together as it is.
“However, when you are together 24/7 the bonds probably get a bit stronger and we usually do a few things like team bonding sessions.”