Rangers boss Mark Warburton hails Andre Gray

Burnley's Andre Gray scores their third goal and completes his hat-trick

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton makes an admission following his side's 3-1 defeat at Ibrox on Saturday.

Burnley's Andre Gray scores their third goal and completes his hat-trick

Burnley hitman Andre Gray netted a hat-trick as the Clarets brought Mark Warburton's Rangers back to earth with a 3-1 win in Saturday's friendly at Ibrox.

The Premier League outfit were 2-0 ahead after just 18 minutes courtesy of a brace from the 25-year-old marksman, whose first goal came from the penalty spot.

And Gray completed his treble eight minutes after the break as Rangers - who had recently won all four Scottish League Cup outings, scoring 10 times and conceding none - looked surprisingly pedestrian in the clash.

Burnley's Andre Gray in action with Rangers' Niko Kranjcar

They did, however, pull one back through an own goal from Ben Mee on 75 minutes, but overall there appeared to be a huge gap between Rangers and Burnley, who won Premier League promotion last term.

Then again, the Scottish giants will not come up against a centre-forward of Gray's calibre every week in the Premiership.

Gray is a striker who Warburton knows very well after the 53-year-old signed him from Luton Town for Brentford in 2014, and the Rangers boss says that the hitman is easily a £15 million-rated man now, before admitting that the Gers perhaps gave Sean Dyche's troops a tad bit too much respect yesterday.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

"We maybe showed too much respect," he told Rangers TV afterwards. "But there's still lots and lots of positives.

"Andre Gray is a quality striker. You know, he's a £15m striker - there's no doubt about that - and he showed his pace."

One big positive for Rangers is that they won't face another top-flight English side for at least another year. Instead, they kick off their Premiership season next week by hosting Hamilton at Ibrox.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

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