Bryan Robson has revealed the reasons behind Albion's pre-season tour of Scotland after they added Dunfermline Athletic to an ever increasing fixture list.
Albion face Kilmarnock, Motherwell and the Pars in late July and Robson has spurned the opportunity of a trip to either Denmark or Portugal.
The Baggies have ventured further into Europe during their tenure in the Premier-ship as well as embarking on a mid-season trip to the United States of America.
However, Robson concedes that Albion's relegation has brought a different set of problems to the table that will be best served by a dose of Scottish Premier League football.
"There is no point in us going to Portugal and Spain where the football will be totally different to what we are going to play against next season," admitted Robson.
"The Scottish Premier is going to be very similar to Championship football and for the first two or three games it will be ideal, as it starts getting a bit more serious.
"Scottish players love to beat English teams and they play in a more direct style than foreign teams. That is good preparation leading up to the season.
"You always have to have a bit of direct play because you want your players to be positive. However, I will never get my team just to boot the ball forward.
"We will try and mix our game up and play direct in certain stages. I am looking for the team to get the ball down and pass it and entertain our fans. That's what we intend to do.
"We are looking at signing realistic targets and players who are up to challenge of Championship football."