Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton has lauded Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour and has tipped a bright future ahead of him.
The 19-year-old spent his youth career with the Scottish side before the Blues came knocking. Gilmour rose through the Rangers academy system and eventually signed for Chelsea aged 15 (via Sky Sports). At the time, the youngster had already trained alongside Warburton’s first team, and he was keen to keep him at the club.
“David Weir and I went to his house to try and keep him for Rangers,” the now Queens Park Rangers boss told the Daily Mail. “We spent time with his mum and dad, but when the big boys come calling, it’s tough.”
Will Billy Gilmour become a Chelsea star?
He went on to describe Gilmour’s talent as ‘unquestioned’ and thinks big things are coming his way.
The midfielder has notched up two goals and four assists in Chelsea’s reserve side this season and has featured three times for the senior team (via Transfermarkt). His debut came against Sheffield United at the start of the campaign and he has since played against Crystal Palace and Everton.
Gilmour also represents Scotland in an U21 capacity and Warburton doesn’t expect it to be long before he’s shining on the main international stage with his country.
“What a talent. I think Scotland have a future world-class midfield player, I really do.” Particularly under Frank Lampard, who has so far got the best out of other youngsters such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, Gilmour will undoubtedly let his true potential erupt.
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