MARK WARBURTON insists Rangers are ready for Hamilton Accies and the start of their quest for SPFL Premiership glory next Saturday.
The Light Blues went down 3-1 to Burnley in a tough friendly fixture yesterday, and, despite his well-documented opposition to the Betfred Cup group stage set-up which he again alluded to, he feels his side are raring to go next weekend.
He explained: “We made it very, very clear that to have the games we had prior to today were not of a high-enough quality to really challenge us.
“That’s not a problem though as we’ve worked really hard in training and our fitness levels are looking good, the guys we brought on at 65 minutes all showed good energy, and the squad is in a good shape.
“We have another full week now before Hamilton which we are looking forward to. It will be a packed Ibrox, so we have to be ready to deliver a performance.”
Warburton also heaped praise on yesterday’s victors Burnley, and admitted Gers would be well-served learning from the Premier League new boys.
He continued: “They are a really good outfit. They won the English Championship which is a really tough division, and they won it deservedly so.
“They had a number of players in the Team of the Year, and are a high quality outfit, but we have to learn from them and these types of games.
“That’s the level. Andre Gray will cause lots of problems in the Premier League this year for defenders – there is no doubt about that. All we can do is look at the game yesterday, recognise what we did well and what we can do better, and we can certainly do better.
“But they could have gone three-up in the first half – we were too loose, too deep and too spread. But, I thought our centre-halves got better as the game went on.
“We have to learn – simple as that.”