Chelsea’s Scottish teenager Billy Gilmour is one of the hottest prospects in European football at the age of 20. Billy Gimour joined the Chelsea youth system in 2017 from the academy of Rangers F.C for a youth development fee of £500,000. He got promoted to the senior side of the Blues last year and since then developed into one of the brightest talents at the London club.
According to the latest transfer update, Rangers boss has shown interest in securing the services of the midfielder for next season. Steven Gerrard is expecting a loan deal for the player which facilitates a return to his home side. Billy was 15 when he left Ibrox for Stamford Bridge. He is now a Champions League winner at the age of 20 and still got a long road ahead.
Even though, he is yet to win a decent claim to the first team, having featured in just 25 games in two seasons with the senior side. He made 14 season appearances in all competitions in West London and also scored once in the Chelsea shirt last season. (Transfermarkt)
Meanwhile, the current attention from prospective clubs in the case of Billy Gilmour is based on his Euro 2020 merit. Scotland had a good show in their first major tournament after years. They fought well in the group stages and managed keep the spirit right upto the final match day. In the third game against Croatia, Scotland suffered in the absence of Billy Gilmour not pulling the strings in the midfield for the Tartans
Billy was the player of the match in the Wembley fixture against England. Unfortunately he tested positive for Covid-19 right after that and missed the final fixture against Croatia, subsequently Scotland lost the game in the second half suffered an exit from the competition in his absence.
Transfer prospects for Gilmour to Rangers
Steven Gerrard is targeting high-level competition for the Gers, especially with the Champions League group stage in mind. He can guarantee top-level competition and exposure for Billy Gilmour next season, something which most top level clubs will fail to provide, if he commits a deal with the Glasgow giants Rangers.
Also, the future of the player depends on the summer transfer plans of Thomas Tuchel. The German head coach is yet to finalise the strategy for the next season and subsequently decide on which players will make the cut for his team next season.
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According to Sky Sports outlet, multiple interests have already been registered for the youngster from within the country. Premier League side Norwich City is another major side targeting the player with a loan offer.
Back in London, things are not easy for Gilmour at the moment. Mateo Kovacic, who plays in his position at his club, has a solid immediate future unless he chooses to leave this summer. The Croatian playmaker got three more years in Chelsea and he is a pivot in the midfield for Tuchel. The 27-year-old can offer quality service to the Blues for a couple more atleast and till then Gilmour will find it hard to break into the starting XI if the Croatian stays.
Meanwhile, loan outings will help the player to earn some crucial first team experience for Billy Gilmour. Chelsea have no doubts about the 20 year-old’s long-term potential but they feel he needs regular first-team football to continue his development and signing for the Rangers will guarantee Gilmour some top-level competition.
With Steven Davies turning 37 soon and Ryan Jack’s injury struggles, signing Gilmour and affording him a place in his match day squads might come naturally for Steven Gerrard. This assurance can go a long way in convincing the player about his prospects at Ibrox next season and do a whole world of good for the club as well.
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Given that Gilmour is a boyhood Rangers supporter and would be an instant hit at the Ibrox, a move across the border would make all the sense at this stage for the 20 year-old and that is what Gerrard will look to pull upon in his bid to convince the lad.
He is valued as the future of Chelsea’s midfield. But, the competition within the squad is a concern, when especially players like Mason Mount and Kai Havertz are stealing all the limelight at Stamford Bridge. His Chelsea contract runs till 2023 and he can have a good claim to the senior side after gaining some invaluable experience with these loan spells.
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