Mark Warburton wants Rangers to sign a defender before Scottish Premiership opener

Following Rangers v Burnley, Sean Dyche and Mark Warburton gave their views on their summer transfer market activity for their clubs

Mark Warburton will look to reinforce Rangers' back-line before their Scottish Premiership opener against Hamilton after seeing his side's defence brutally exposed by Burnley.

Warburton has previously admitted he is on the hunt for defensive cover, as well as a striker, but will now step up his search after seeing his former charge Andre Gray run riot at Ibrox.

Gray, who worked with Warburton at Brentford before joining Burnley in a £9m deal a year ago, netted a hat-trick as the Clarets' strolled to a 3-1 friendly win over the Gers on Saturday afternoon.

Warburton said: "We need one or two more; we've said that for a number of weeks but you've got to get the right players in.

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Image: Mark Warburton hopes to add his Rangers squad by next weekend

"There are Burnley players rated £25m and we can't pay that kind of money. It's a smaller talent pool but we know what we want and if we can get it, we'll make the move.

"I hope to get something done before next Saturday. We are working on it."

Gray opened the scoring from the penalty spot four minutes into the game, adding goals either side of half-time before a Ben Mee own goal added a touch of respectability added to the scoreline.

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"We said all along about the quality of opposition, playing an English Premier League team and you saw that," Warburton added. "They're the type of test you have to have.

"Andre we know inside out - we brought him from Luton. He's pace and power and uses these attributes very well. He will trouble defences and score a lot of goals in the Premier League undoubtedly and he'll keep on getting better.

"He's a tough opponent but we got too deep. We were too wary of his pace. He's a very special player.

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"We were on the back foot, we were too spread, but we recognise there were areas to improve on out there."

Dyche has high hopes for Gray as he prepares to step up to England's top division for the first time following his 25-goal haul in the Championship last season.

He said: "It's a new challenge for Andre. He's definitely up for the challenge. He's enjoying his football, as he did last season, and it's exciting for him when you look at the journey he's been on.

"His biggest weapon is that he doesn't over-think things. If he misses a chance, he's not bothered, he will take the next one."

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