Premiership boss eyes deal for free agent bluenose midfielder who 'has lost his way a bit'
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Premiership boss to offer Rangers supporting Charlie Gilmour a contract following Norwich exit

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson is set to offer Rangers supporting Charlie Gilmour a contract, months after his exit from Norwich City [Herald].

Gilmour was quickly snapped up by Norwich following his release from Arsenal in 2019, but despite a productive loan stint in the Netherlands with Telstar, he couldn’t force his way into the first team at Carrow Road.

Gilmour in Premier League 2 action for Arsenal. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

His contract there was terminated by mutual consent in October 2020 and he’s been clubless ever since.

The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has made no secret of his love for Rangers in the past and celebrated on Twitter when the Gers triumphed 2-0 at Parkhead in the first Old Firm of this season.

Rangers fans have implored the club to make a move for the Scotland youth international in the past, but no dream offer was to arrive from Ibrox.

Instead, he’s been training with St Johnstone and looks set to land a deal at McDiarmid Park.

“I hope to get something sorted with Charlie later this week,” said Saints boss Davidson [Herald]. “He’s missed a bit of football but is one for the future.”

“He played in the Europa League with Arsenal, went to Norwich and then to Holland but has lost his way a bit. He’s got good size and is very good technically, so he’s the kind of player we want to bring in.

“We looked at him before but the timing wasn’t right…He’s the kind of player the club has done well with in the past, plus he’s got Scottish connections so is very keen to come up here and play. Hopefully, we get it sorted and then crack on with getting the best out of him.”

Callum Davidson wants to bring Rangers supporting Charlie Gilmour to McDiarmid Park following his Norwich exit. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Gilmour hasn’t made a senior appearance since February 2020, so he’ll no doubt be itching to get playing again and St Johnstone look set to give him a chance to prove himself.

The Saints are currently unbeaten in five matches in all competitions and are heading to the League Cup final, so he faces a challenge to break into the side.

Should the deal be finalised in the coming days, though, he could realistically target making his debut when St Johnstone travel to Ibrox for a midweek Premiership clash on 3 February.

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