Gills preparing to visit Blackburn for the first time since November 2000.
Peter Taylor has called on his players to embrace the challenge that Blackburn Rovers will pose on Saturday at Ewood Park.
Gills drew 0-0 with Scunthorpe at Priestfield on Tuesday evening and the interim manager hopes his squad can spring a surprise by getting a result against one of the pre-season promotion favourites.
He said: “We know what a big game it is. Blackburn are one of the favourites and will be looking to get back in the Championship; it will be a tough game but I want the boys to look forward to it, match the opponents as much as possible and enjoy the day.
“I’m sure most Blackburn supporters will think it will be an easy home win so it’s up to us to prove them wrong.”
Taylor and his players will come up against a familiar face on Saturday with Bradley Dack playing against the Gills for the first time since he departed for Ewood earlier in the year, and the manager is aware what needs to be done to stop him.
He added: “Bradley is a good player and when we sold him I spoke to Tony Mowbray at length; I’ve known him a long time. Bradley can run all day, he’s got a great touch, he can get a goal but also make one so we know the threats that he’s got so we need to make sure we don’t give him massive areas to do that work in.”
The search for a new boss is continuing with Chairman Paul Scally and Taylor meeting on regular intervals, however the Director of Football says he will fill in for as long as needed so the right person can be appointed.
He said: “I’m sure there will be interest out there from a lot of managers. It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s Tuesday as well [with current team in place] and then I’m sure soon after that maybe it could be a case that the Chairman has made up his mind on something.
“I don’t know all the names that have come in but I am filling in and it’s another little challenge.”