Shamrock Rovers will be going into this season's Champions League campaign with added determination after the way last season's run ended according to ex-Hoops defender Graham Gartland.

Three SSE Airtricity League clubs are in European action this week with Shamrock Rovers facing Maltese side Hibernians at Tallaght Stadium in the first qualifying round. The fixture is live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 7pm on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Sligo Rovers and Derry City take on Wales' Bala Town and Latvian outfit Riga FC in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers. St Patrick's Athletic will enter UEFA's third club competition at the second round stage.

Last season saw Shamrock Rovers get within a two-legged tie of the Europa Conference League group stages but fell short against Estonia's Flora Tallinn in the play-off round.

With a domestic cushion over the chasing pack at home after wins over Bohemians, St Pat's and Finn Harps over the last fortnight, Gartland told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast that Stephen Bradley's side are eager to make a mark in Europe this time.

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"I wouldn't say pressure but I'd say they're a little bit more determined," he said, speaking before the club confirmed attacking midfielder Danny Mandroiu was set for a move to Lincoln City.

"There's a little bit more of a focus and determination on it. I know from talking to the players that Stephen was touching on stuff in pre-season that he wanted to make sure was implemented into Europe about having an extra midfielder - one of the centre-backs becoming an extra midfielder when they're defending - and stuff like that.

"So just small little tweaks to make them more defensive-minded when they're attacking.

"But there seems to be a real determination and focus on Europe for this season and they're not going to take anything for granted here.

Bradley is targeting small tweaks in Europe this season

"They're on a great run of form, they've won three games, two of them away from home, they're churning out results, upping their game when they need to, scoring and then seeing out games really well.

"They're a real mature outfit and I can see them putting in a really good, professional performance in both legs. They'll know they have to perform in the home leg."

Gartland's former Drogheda United team-mate Ollie Cahill, who also spent 18 months at Shamrock Rovers, agreed that the team cannot take Hibernians for granted despite the four-place gap between the nations in UEFA's association coefficient rankings. But he is confident that they will gain a first leg advantage should they perform to standard.

"I still think if Rovers are at it over two legs they should go through. But they still have to go and do a job," he said.

"I know (Hibernians) have a few suspension as well but I'm sure Stephen Bradley will have them well prepared for it and on the back of the disappointment last year in Europe and the lessons learned, I fully expect Rovers to do the job over two legs."

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