Shrewsbury v Galatasaray friendly a 'privilege' - Graham Turner


Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner says he is "privileged" that Turkish champions Galatasaray will be playing a pre-season friendly at Greenhous Meadow.

The match will take place on Saturday, 13 July, as the first fixture of Galatasaray's pre-season tour.

"There's well over £100m worth of players in their squad, and they've established themselves as a real force in European football," Turner said.

"To have them to come to the Meadow is a terrific boost for us."

Galatasaray are in England to take part in the Emirates Cup competition alongside Arsenal, FC Porto and Napoli.

As part of the contract with Shrewsbury, Galatasaray have promised to field first team players for the fixture.

With a host of stars in their squad this could see Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Johan Elmander gracing the Greenhous Meadow.

And Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire: "You can't get top English sides to come with their first team any more as they're spending so much time abroad.

"And I suppose the same goes for Galatasaray as they've come to this country to play in a tournament and we're privileged to be part of their warm-up and for them to play us."

Despite the prestige of the game, Turner insists that his focus is on the first game of the season, the visit of MK Dons.

"To all intents and purposes, it's still preparation for our season," Turner added.

"People will have forgotten what the scoreline against Galatasaray will be once we've kicked the season off.

"What we're doing is continuing with the hard work and just using it as that fitness work. Normally with a game like this, you try and reach peak on a Saturday, but like all the pre-season games we will be working right up to the game time.

"It's vital we get our fitness work done, and that's using every day to good effect. It will be a good test of our fitness, concentration and our ability to keep the ball, but above all it will be a fitness test."

Shropshire has hosted one game against a European side before, when Telford United lost 5-1 at home to Spartak Moscow in a friendly at the Bucks Head in December 1999.

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