Rangers boss Mark Warburton explains why he has changed his view on Burnley defeat

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

The Gers manager believes his side were much closer to their English opponents than he first thought.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton has claimed that re-watching Rangers’ defeat to Burnley has changed his perspective on the game, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The Gers suffered their first pre-season defeat against the Premier League new boys at Ibrox on Saturday and after initially thinking his team were completely outplayed, Warburton has had a change of heart.

“I went in at half-time thinking we were the worst side and Burnley were far stronger but then you watch the game three times, without the crowd sound and you realise they have had two chances,” said the 53-year old.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

“Vokes has hit the post and Jutkiewicz has had a cross, I can’t think of any other saves Wes and Gilksy have had to make.

“There are lots of positives out of the game but we have to recognise that we conceded two sloppy goals and I don’t want to see that.”

Rangers failed to cope with an on-fire Andre Gray, who Waburton suggested is worth £25 million in the same interview, and were slow to get going against Shaun Dyche’s energetic and well-drilled team.

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

The performance level increased considerably in the second period but Gray’s hat-trick proved an insurmountable hurdle and the game ended with a 3-1 win for the visitors.

Burnley were the first high-level opposition Rangers had the opportunity to play this summer, with League Cup commitments limiting their availability, and the defeat highlighted several key areas the team still need to improve in.

The Gers begin their league campaign with the visit of Hamilton on Saturday and they will be going all out to ensure their first top flight game in four years ends in victory.

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