Michael O’Neill expects his Stoke City side to relish a ‘good opportunity’ when they take on Hibs in a pre-season friendly this afternoon.

Hibs are currently in England to undertake a pre-season training camp ahead of their UEFA Europa Conference League and cinch Premiership campaigns. Jack Ross’ side faced Accrington Stanley earlier this week and now take on English Championship club Stoke City.

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Ross is preparing his side to face English Championship club Stoke City in a behind closed doors pre-season friendly this afternoon south of the border. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Stoke manager O’Neill says his players will face a tough outing: “I think the game tomorrow you’d ideally want to be game three of your pre-season but Hibs are in Manchester preparing for a European tie and it’s a good opportunity for us to play decent opposition.

“They will be ahead of us in terms of their preparation but it will be a good test.”

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