Writing in his Daily Mail column (via Glasgow Live), Glasgow Rangers legend Brian Laudrup has urged Billy Gilmour to move to Ibrox.
Laudrup urges Gilmour move
Gilmour has been heavily linked with a loan return to his former club (The Scottish Sun), but so far he remains at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.
Laudrup believes the 19-year-old would be a good capture for the Gers. He said:
“The next three or four months are huge for Gilmour. If he can get a number of games at Chelsea and show Tuchel he is definitely capable of playing in his team, he then becomes very interesting for Scotland ahead of the Euros.
“He’s got the talent, for sure, to succeed at international level, but you have to grow first as a player and a person with your club. I read that he would have been interested in a loan before the window closed to improve his chances of making Steve Clarke’s squad.
“The fact Chelsea kept him is a show of faith on their part, but if he doesn’t play much this season, then a temporary move might be best for all parties in the summer.
“Would a return to Rangers be suitable then? I know Steven Gerrard denied they were looking to take Gilmour on loan last month, when he described him as ‘a fabulous little player’.
“It’s all hypothetical, of course, but it’s a thought that intrigues me for the future.
“Look at the Rangers midfield just now. Steven Davis does that deep-lying playmaker role extremely well but he will be another year older next season and won’t be able to play every week. I think we saw again at Hamilton how much he can be missed when he’s not in the side.
“From Gilmour’s point of view, there could be Champions League group stage football on offer. That would be another incentive for his development.”
Gilmour could well be a game-changer for the Gers, even if only on a temporary basis. The Scotland U21 international, despite being a teenager, has broken into the Chelsea first-team on a number of occasions and has earned some fantastic plaudits for his performances – after impressing against Liverpool in the FA Cup last year, Roy Keane called him “world-class”.
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If the Gers are to compete in the Champions League next season, they will need to acquire more talented players in some areas than the ones currently at their disposal. While the likes of Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are solid, Gilmour has a spark they just do not possess. It remains to be seen whether Thomas Tuchel allows him to play elsewhere next year.
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