By Tom Blackburn
Burnley striker Andre Gray says Rangers manager Mark Warburton is destined for a Premier League job in the future.
Gray previously worked with Warburton at Brentford, when he was brought in from Conference Premier side Luton and spearheaded the London club’s climb from League One into the top half of the Championship.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Gray thanked Warburton his rise from non-league football and back the Rangers boss to continue to make his stamp in management.
“I don’t see why he cant make it to a big English club,” Gray said. “He’s still learning and he’s only going to get better. Knowing Mark and Davie [Weir] as I do, I’m sure they’ll go all the way with Rangers. Celtic are always going to be up at the top but I think Rangers are going to be up there too.
“Mark and Davie worked with me every day when I joined Brentford. Day in, day out. The step up from Luton was massive in terms of quality, fitness, everything. They showed so much belief in me and, even when I went nine games without scoring, they kept playing me.”
Gray was recommended by former director of football Frank McParland, who pushed to have him signed at Brentford and then at Burnley when he also moved to Turf Moor.
The striker has never played in the Premier League but his two campaigns in the Championship yielded an impressive 41 league goals in 88 matches, supplemented by 18 assists.
Warburton and Rangers are hoping to prevent Celtic are aiming to clinch their sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title this season having returned to the top flight after a four year absence.
Rangers were the last side to stop their rivals winning the domestic league trophy and will be striving to do so again after they lifted the Scottish Championship last season with 81 points.
Aberdeen will feel confident going in to the new league campaign as they finished runners up and gained qualification to the Europa League qualifiers, although they were still 15 points adrift of champions Celtic.
Rangers have heavily bolstered their squad this summer by signing former Premier League stars Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Nico Krancjar.
However, things did not get off to the best of starts on Saturday as Hamilton Academical held them to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox.
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