Billy Gilmour was once on the books of Rangers, and after failing to make a huge impact at Chelsea, the former Ibrox prospect is flourishing at Brighton and Hove Albion now.

And former Newcastle United striker and BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer has been impressed Billy Gilmour, who was actually linked with a move back to Rangers when Giovanni van Bronckhorst was in charge of the Gers.

Gilmour was on the books of Rangers from 2009 until 2017 when he left to join Chelsea in the Premier League.

He was just 16 at the time.

Gilmour made his senior debut for Chelsea in 2019, and although he was impressive in the initial matches, things soon fizzled out.

Billy Gilmour
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And there was competition for places in the Chelsea midfield as well.

There were injury issues as well.

After a loan spell at Norwich City in 2021-22, the 22-year-old Scotland international midfielder joined Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 2022.

Interestingly, before Gilmour moved to Brighton in the summer of 2022, there was speculation that Rangers wanted to bring the midfielder back to Ibrox.

TEAMtalk reported in May 2022 that Rangers were considering making a loan move for the Scotland international.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was then in charge of Rangers.

No move to Rangers materialised.

Gilmour joined Brighton instead.

And he has been very good since.

Praise for former Rangers prospect Billy Gilmour

Brighton got the better of Newcastle United 3-1 at home in the Premier League this past weekend.

While Evan Ferguson stole all the headlines with his stunning hat-trick, Gimour’s performance in the middle of the park did not go unnoticed by Alan Shearer, who has included him in his Premier League XI for

Gilmour was a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the park and imposed himself on the match.

And he provided an assist.

Shearer wrote about the former Rangers prospect: “Now looks to be really enjoying his football – and Brighton are benefitting.”

It is good to see Gilmour doing well now.

He is a huge talent.

And Rangers produced him.

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