Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is a name we’re already well familiar with in Scotland. And if he keeps impressing down south, it’s one they’ll be very familiar with in England too.
The highly-rated Scottish wonderkid moved to the Blue’s famous academy from Rangers in 2017, where he has been leaving a bit of an impression.
Now 17, he’s touted as being arguably Scotland’s brightest young talent – he’s already turned out eight times for the U21s. But could we ever see that talent grace the slopes of Ibrox in Royal Blue?
Chelsea’s Academy might produce a world of talent, but it also lets plenty of it pass them by. Chelsea’s business model means they somewhat horde lots of young talent, improving them in a competitive environment and through a variety of loans.
They currently have 41 players out on loan from the club. Should they fail to make the grade at the club they are generally sold on at a decent profit.
Whilst others, like Ruben Loftus Cheek of Calum Hudson Odoi, get a chance in the first team.
But it is the loan system that Rangers could well benefit from in the future. Should Billy Gilmour become ready for first-team football – and he surely can’t be that far – Rangers pose a superb option.
Ibrox is a place he’s familiar with, that he’s passionate about and somewhere he would relish the chance to prove himself.
Could Billy Gilmour wind up at Ibrox again? Maybe not permanently, but don’t be surprised to see him take a short-term trip back up to Glasgow.
Gilmour isn’t the only Scottish youth talent with an interest of Rangers plying his trade in England. Could Rangers also have one eye on the availability of this diehard bluenose currently at Arsenal?