Former Rangers star Andy Halliday has claimed that a 14-year-old Billy Gilmour didn’t look out of place whilst training with the Ibrox club.
The Chelsea wonderkid has been a revelation down south and after breaking into Frank Lampard’s team last season is widely regarded as one Scotland’s brightest talents for a generation.
Still only 19, the boy from Ardrossan is leaving a big impact down in London and Halliday believes his ability was clear to see whilst he was a schoolboy at Ibrox.
“Mark Warburton had him training with the first team,” said Halliday on the popular Open Goal’s Keeping the ball on the Ground show.
“His first day of training, he couldn’t reach the goal with his shots.
“He was only like 14,15, I don’t even think he had any muscles in his legs.
“But see in possession mate, honestly.
“He never, ever, ever looked out of place when we trained with the first team.
“He’s got a bit about him as well, he’ll go into 50/50s and tackles and that which you might not think.
“He knows how good he is. You need to be confident because if you’re young and you want to break into the first team you need to be confident, but what a player.”
Gilmour came through the youth ranks at Rangers before eventually signing for Chelsea way back in 2017 as a 15-year-old and quickly established himself in the Premier League side’s youth set-up.
The youngster has never looked back since and was given a first-team opportunity by Chelsea last season.
With a raft of new signatures coming in the door at Stamford Bridge it remains to be seen how big a role Gilmour will play this season but one thing is certainly true.
The former Rangers kid is amongst the brightest British talents around and will be a mainstay in the Scotland team for years to come.