RANGERS will go into their Premiership opener as a better team after defeat to Burnley in their final pre-season game – according to Kenny Miller.

The striker believes the Light Blues learnt important lessons against the Lancashire side that will improve them ahead of Hamilton’s trip to Ibrox.

Andre Gray netted a hat-trick as the Gers faltered against the Clarets, losing 3-1 but Miller said the team will turn any negatives into positives before the league season kicks off.

The 36-year-old said:

“This will 100% make us better going into Hamilton, you can coast through the games that we have had so far, we have scored 10 goals, won four games and not conceded any.

“You could go into Hamilton with a wee bit of false confidence to be honest but we know where we are, we are in a good place and really looking forward to next weekend.

“It was a really good workout, we knew it would be a test and obviously the result is very disappointing but as always we can take positives from that.

“In the performance there was a lot of good stuff and also stuff we need to work on as well, which we appreciate.

“The fact it is a pre-season game means we have a chance this week to put things right and work on the frailties that are clearly there.

“It is always a positive discussion after a game because even in the negatives you can learn from it and since the manager has come in we always look at how we can improve.

“Every game we are looking to be better and there is no doubt off the back of our performance there that there are things we can brush up on.

“We knew it would be a test against a very good team, who won the Championship last year which is no mean feat, it is a very tough league and they did it well.

“It was always going to be a tough test for us, the way they play and the level of player they have got so it acted as a really good warm up for next week.”

Miller is yet to get off the mark this season after netting 21 goals last season.

He admitted to being frustrated in front of goal on an afternoon when Burnley barely allowed the Gers frontline a sniff.

The forward continued: “There were few opportunities for me, there was a wee half chance in the second-half when the ball just bounced a little bit too high for me.

“I felt at half-time we could have been more of a threat, we could have got the ball forward a little bit quicker just to make them defend like they did to us on a few occasions.

“Today has highlighted certain aspects of our game and I think we need to be better. It is things we kind of knew already but when you play that level of opposition they punish you which is maybe a little bit new to us.

“The nature of this football club is that we’re expected to win every game and as players we demand that from each other and we want to win every game.”

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