SEAN Dyche is ready for 'exciting times' as he takes Burnley to the continent for the first time this week.

The Clarets began their Europa League campaign with a Battle of Britain clash with Aberdeen, but having got past the Dons with the aid of extra-time, it's time to get the passport out with Dyche's side travelling to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir.

"I think the abroad thing was a big thing," Dyche said of the Europa League third qualifying round tie.

"The badge of honour is great but it feels more like how you imagine a European tie to be.

"That’s why I was really pleased to get through, deservedly so I thought, Aberdeen had a real good go at us but deservedly over the two games we went through.

"Now we take this one on and it’s more of a European tie for the fans."

The Turkish outfit are a relatively new side for British audiences but they have gatecrashed the stranglehold of clubs like Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas in the Super Lig recently.

Having finished second in 2016/17, they finished third last season but just two points behind champions Galatasaray, and they lead the way for much of the campaign.

But Dyche has had a chance of study footage of Abdullah Avcı's side and is looking forward to the occasion at the 17,300 capacity Fatih Terim Stadium.

"That world has become easier now because there's so much out there. We can get a feel for them," Dyche said of scouting the Clarets' opponents.

"We’ve had people out at the stadium, it’s a fantastic stadium, it’s a Champions League standard stadium.

"We’ve done a recce on it, the time zones and travelling zones to think of but it’s exciting times and a fresh challenge for all of us."

The Basaksehir teamsheet is likely to contain names familiar to a Premier League audience in Gael Clichy, Emre Belozoglu, Gokhan Inler, Eljero Elia and Emmanuel Adebayor.

While many of the side are likely to be earning good money, it's a team flush with experience rather than youth.

"It seems they have quite a lot of players in their 30s, people who’ve done a bit in the game," said Dyche.

"From what I’ve learnt they’re a government backed side so I can only imagine they’ve got a reasonable budget and they’ve got some players who used to earn a few quid."

After the intensity of the Battle of Britain tie with Aberdeen this is likely to be a different test for Burnley, especially in Istanbul where the heat is likely to be fierce, despite a 9pm local time kick-off.

"You can imagine, even in the evening, it will be warm," added Dyche.

"I’d imagine it’s slightly more technical rather than blood and thunder, a slightly different pace and tempo to the game.

"The good thing with the Premier League is that there’s so many differently styles in the Premier League, ao hopefully we’ll be ready for whatever comes at us."