MARK WARBURTON was happy with the challenge that Burnley presented for his side as they continue preparations for Saturday’s curtain raiser against Hamilton.
The Gers were defeated thanks to an excellent hat-trick from highly rated Burnley striker Andre Gray, who has scored eight goals in five preseason matches already this season after scoring twenty-five for the Clarets last season.
Going head to head with that level of competition is exactly the kind of preparation that Gers boss wants for his side as they go into a new season. Speaking to RangersTV this week, the Light Blues boss reflected on the friendly and the lessons his side will take from the game.
He said: “We said we needed more games like that and ideally we would have had two or three games of that quality, another English Premier League team or top Championship side or an in form European side.
“They are the types of tests you need to have to prepare yourself for a tough season ahead and Burnley was a really important learning curve for us.
“We said before the game, maximise this fixture in all aspects and make sure we learn from it and get better for it.
“The analysis was really important for us and there will be more and then we will focus on Hamilton.
“Don’t forget what you’re facing and this isn’t to put ourselves down in any shape or form but in my opinion Andre Gray is a £20-25 million striker, the market would say £15 million but if he moves at all he will move for more.
“You look at Michael Keane and as Sean Dyche quite rightly said he is a £25 million defender.”
After losing a goal within the fourth minute of the game, the Gers gathered themselves and went on to challenge the Clarets and created chances that on another day could have been taken.
Warburton, as always, had a good discussion with his players following the match in the dressing room, followed by the regular anaylsis sessions at Auchenhowie and he believes that his side will have learned a lot from the challenge of the Clarets.
He continued: “They had top quality Premier League players and we have to learn from that and as a team they pressed high and their intensity was evident throughout.
“We had good spells of play and we look at the game and the penalty is not one in my mind but it changes the game after three minutes and the second goal is offside.
“This is not in the way of making excuse but these are fine margins that exist at this level of play.
“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.
“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.”
Mark Warburton was speaking to RangersTV in yet another exclusive interview that will be part of Saturday’s RangersTV broadcast of the Hamilton match – subscribers outside the UK will be able to watch the game LIVE HERE.
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