Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali revealed new signing Borja Perez was taken aback when he told the Spaniard his team would try to pass the ball through him.
Playmaker Borja, 30, signed a one-year contract ahead of Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Motherwell at Rugby Park after leaving Spanish football for the first time.
Killie were the surprise package of the SPL two seasons ago with their expansive style under Mixu Paatelainen and they confounded expectations by winning the Scottish Communities League Cup last season after Kenny Shiels was forced to rebuild the team.
And Pascali revealed expectations of those who come in from outside Scotland are also different from reality.
The Italian said: "I remember when Borja played in James Fowler's testimonial. He was asking me how we were going to play. He was surprised when I said to him: 'We are going to try to play football here'.
"He is a number 10 so I said: 'We are going to try to find you as much as we can.' He was surprised and said: 'So you don't play direct like the Scottish way?'
"There are a few clubs who are trying to play because it's very enjoyable from the players' point of view. This philosophy took us into fifth position two years ago with Mixu and to the cup win last season.
"We will try to do it again. It's going to be hard because now all teams know that we will try to do it so they will try to press very high and hard but that's a new challenge for us."
The defender admits such preconceptions of Scottish football are not unusual.
"It's a common way to think that British football is more direct," he added. "It's true sometimes, you want to score as soon as possible, but in the recent past teams like St Mirren, us or Dundee United, Celtic and Rangers, try to play football and it's very enjoyable from a player's point of view. You are not just chasing the ball everywhere."