Ranges manager Mark Warburton upbeat in spite of Ibrox defeat

Rangers manager Mark Warburton shakes hands with player Kenny Miller at the end of the pre-season friendly match against Burnley
Rangers manager Mark Warburton shakes hands with player Kenny Miller at the end of the pre-season friendly match against Burnley

Rangers Manager Mark Warburton may have suffered defeat in his debut Ibrox outing but the new Ibrox boss remained upbeat and positive as he assessed the 0-1 loss to English Championship side Burnley.

A starting line-up that featured seven new arrivals was always going to take time to settle in, however the former Brentford manager was full of praise for his signings, including ex-Manchester United youngster Jordan Thompson, a second-half substitute.

“I was really pleased with the first half-an-hour. I thought we were really good in the first half-an-hour with good tempo and good quality,” Warburton said.

“I was delighted with the contribution of the new players. Two of the boys only arrived yesterday and it takes time to bed in new players and the fans appreciated that. I was really pleased with the application - particularly the younger ones. Jordan Thompson did very well in the second-half,” he added.

“I was disappointed with the goal. We dropped far too deep and were sloppy and were punished with a simple flick-on from a long goal-kick. We’ll need to defend better.”

“We didn’t play well after losing the goal for the rest of the first-half but the second-half was pretty even. It was a good evening’s work against a team that played in the Premier League last season.”

A healthy attendance of 22,344 was a turn-out that impressed the new man in charge.

“The attendance for a pre-season friendly was incredible. I was disappointed we couldn’t give the fans a victory but we gave them a glimpse of what we can do this season,” he said.

Next up for the Ibrox men is the first competitive game of the season and one that could scarcely be any more difficult, with a trip to Easter Road, Edinburgh to face Hibernian in the opening round of the Challenge Cup.

“We’ve a big game on Saturday. We’ll be going there with the intention of winning the game,” he said.

“It’s a long season - we have ten months ahead of us. We need to focus on each and every game.”