Rangers have been handed a potential transfer blow as Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour is named Man of the Match in his return to the Norwich City side.
As Dean Smith kicked off his career at Carrow Road as the club’s new manager, Gilmour played a starring role in a 2-1 Canaries win over on-form Southampton, setting up Grant Hanley’s winner.
The result is an important one in Norwich’s season as the club looks to climb the English Premier League table with their second win of the campaign and a landmark first at home.
Gilmour – who is on loan from league leaders Chelsea – hasn’t been seen in a Canaries shirt since mid-September but his return was marked with an impressive victory.
Dean Smith’s decision to reinstate the Scotland international may come as a blow to Rangers – or the club’s fans at least – amid murmurs of a potential loan move.
Rangers potentially dealt Billy Gilmour Norwich City loan blow
Gilmour, 20, came through the Academy at Rangers and has been routinely linked with a loan return to Ibrox throughout his career.
Widely regarded as one of the most prominent young talents in the game, securing the bluenose midfielder would be considered a sizeable coup.
There was much discussion regarding potential Rangers interest in Gilmour whilst the player was frozen-out at Carrow Road and this wasn’t helped by comments from Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea boss Tuchel had claimed that the Blues would review Gilmour’s situation in January with the Ibrox club one side potentially set to benefit from his availability.
But as Gilmour showed against the Saints, there is an immense talent in there and Norwich have an asset that they can both harness and develop this season.
Gilmour’s reinstatement at Carrow Road is a bad sign for any fans holding out for hope of signing of him but for Billy himself, he’ll just be glad to be back playing for the Premier League club.
Whilst Gilmour might not be Ibrox bound in the coming months, Rangers have their own Scottish talent being linked to some of the biggest clubs in Europe.