Former Rangers youngster Billy Gilmour has been nominated for the 2021 Golden Boy Award following his success at Chelsea.
Gilmour was tipped for greatness when coming through the Gers Academy and almost became the club’s youngest ever first-team player when he was named in a 20-man squad for a Scottish Cup tie against Morton in February 2017, aged just 15.
However, he didn’t make the bench for the game and left for Stamford Bridge just a few months later.
Rangers received a substantial initial payment, now believed to be in the region of £2m [Sunday Post], and Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland, recently confirmed that an additional payment was now due as the 19-year-old had made his senior Scotland debut.
Gilmour broke into the Chelsea first team during the 2019/20 season and showed remarkable composure in midfield for a teenager, with a particularly notable display coming in an FA Cup win over Liverpool.
His 2020/21 season was disrupted by an injury picked up at the end of the previous campaign but he made 13 appearances for the Blues across the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League and was on the bench for their Champions League final win over Man City last month.
He’s been rewarded for his performances with a nomination for the 2021 Golden Boy Award [Scotsman] alongside 99 other standout talents aged 20 or younger including Mason Greenwood of Manchester United, Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona’s Pedri.
The winner is decided by selected journalists from across Europe and Erling Braut Haaland scooped the prize in 2020.
Plenty of Rangers fans were gutted that Gilmour opted to move south when he did, particularly to a club like Chelsea, who have a questionable record when it comes to using young talent.
However, looking at what he’s achieved in recent times, it’s fair to say that the switch has worked out extremely well for him while Rangers continue to benefit financially.