Frank Lampard has shown major faith in a former Rangers prospect.
The new Chelsea boss handed Billy Gilmour a senior Chelsea debut on Wednesday afternoon, in a pre-season friendly.
The Blues took on Irish side Bohemians in Dublin, and Gilmour was introduced for the second half.
According to the London club’s official match report, he made quite an impact, too.
It’s stated that Gilmour got straight into the action, firing into the side netting shortly after the interval. Then, later in the piece, the 18-year-old had a shot from 20-yards well saved by the Bohemians keeper.
Furthermore, Football London described the Scotland youth international as ‘superb’, giving him an 8 out of 10 score for his performance.
While Chelsea were by no means at full strength, it’s still a big achievement for the youngster to get the nod. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko can only be good for his development.
This was the first of seven scheduled pre-season fixtures for the Europa League winners, as they gear up for the return of the Premier League next month.
After an encouraging first outing, surely Gilmour will receive further opportunities over the coming weeks.
Lampard is ushering in a new era at Stamford Bridge. If he plays his cards right, the Glaswegian teenager could well form a part of it.