Think back to the summer and there was much talk about Rangers resurrecting a loan deal for Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour, who would eventually move to Norwich.

Following an impressive Euro 2020 with Scotland, the highly-rated former Ibrox Academy playmaker was amongst the hottest loan properties in Britain this summer.

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Billy Gilmour started the first three Premier League matches of the season for Norwich City against Liverpool, Man City and Leicester. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rangers were one potential destination mooted by the newspapers [Metro] but eventually Billy, now 20, would win a move to newly-promoted Norwich City.

But after a difficult start to the season in the Premier League, the most recent comments of the Canaries’ German manager Daniel Farke have grabbed the attention of supporters.

Norwich are bottom of the Premier League and have only two points from eight games, with the side yet to win this season.

Gilmour hasn’t featured in the club’s last three matches and Farke responded to questions on the player’s dropping by claiming his job isn’t to develop other side’s players.

This comes amid the manager also using Man United loanee Brandon Williams sparingly.

Norwich not here to “please” clubs like Man Utd or Chelsea

“Big clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea don’t want it easy for their players,” said Farke [Metro].

“If they want to be Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham players one day, then they need to make sure that they face this challenge and step up to this challenge.

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Daniel Farke has challenged Gilmour and Man Utd loanee to rise the challenge at Carrow Road. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“For that, there is no extra pressure. I am not here to please Manchester United or Chelsea, or Tottenham last season. I am just here to win points for Norwich City.

“It’s the wrong picture of what he [Gilmour] has done. Yes, he was not in the Burnley game or at Everton but, to be honest, he had a difficult pre-season.

“He came later due to his Covid situation and due to the Euros. He played in the first six games more minutes than any other midfield player for us.

“The first time he was out was for Arsenal because he had played three games for his country and I had to look after this guy a bit.

“Billy is a fantastic player and we are all glad that we have him. He has already many minutes under his belt. I am pretty sure that he will add many minutes under his belt during the season.”

Rangers question as Billy Gilmour Norwich loan stutters

It’s clear Billy is an important player for Norwich and as we enter the next stage of the season the task for the Chelsea youngster is to break back into the side.

But for Rangers fans eager to see the player back at Ibrox, given Norwich’s stuttering form they may well be questioning the decision to move him to Carrow Road.

After all, there are arguably more similarities playing for titles with Rangers and playing for Chelsea than what there is fighting relegation with Norwich City.

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Billy Gilmour is an increasingly important player for Scotland and has made eight caps for the national side. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The youngster remains amongst the most highly-rated talents in European football and Chelsea will have one eye on his development heading into January.

If things still aren’t going to plan at Carrow Road, who knows what the future might hold for the former Ibrox kid.

Gilmour isn’t the only Rangers-linked Scottish youngster making waves as one Ibrox star once again impresses on the international stage.

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