MARK WARBURTON was left to reflect on both negatives and positives following this afternoon’s disappointing 3-1 defeat to Burnley.
The Light Blues were deservedly beaten by the Premier League side who showed a real touch of class at times, and with hat-trick striker Andre Gray in their side, they look set to hold their own in arguably the World’s greatest league this season.
But for Rangers, Warburton was left to rue some slack play which allowed the Lancashire outfit to impose their game at Ibrox, and also a penalty call from referee Nick Walsh after three minutes which handed the visitors the lead.
The manager explained: “We knew it was a tough test, and it was a huge jump in quality in terms of opponent with them being a Premier League side. They have good players, were well organised, worked really hard and made it difficult for us.
“We have got to look at what we normally do well. Today, we gave the ball away cheaply on occasions, dropped too deep on occasions and didn’t press together.
“But, at the same time, we will take lots of positives out the game as well. We have got to recognise goals change games – there is no doubt about that.
“I’ve seen their penalty back five or six times, and I can’t see how it can be given. A goal against you after three minutes at home is difficult. For them, Andre Gray is a quality striker – and is a £15million striker, there is no doubt about that. He showed his pace, but we dropped too deep and showed them too much respect.
“But there are lots and lots of positives – we played with the ball well at times, didn’t penetrate enough which I appreciate, but we have to look at the game and recognise who we are playing against, and step up.”
And, despite the disappointment of the defeat, Warburton hopes his players will have learned some harsh lessons.
He continued: “You learn something in every single game, and we all learn something together. It’s not about just the players – it’s about all of us together and we need to see what we can do better in training, what to focus on in training, and at the same time, what can we do in terms of our environment at the training ground.
“You have to look every day of every week and get better. We need to keep pushing and that’s what we will do.”