Ally McCoist has heaped praise on Rangers loan target Billy Gilmour and said the youngster is a “fantastic talent” who will break into the Scotland side soon.
Gilmour has been strongly linked with a move back to Rangers on loan this January, with a report in the Scottish Sun saying Steven Gerrard is keen and Chelsea are open to sending him back to Ibrox.
However, McCoist thinks that Gilmour is good enough to get game-time at Chelsea and thinks that could end up blocking the loan move.
Talking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Wednesday, 8am), Laura Woods talked about Gilmour putting in a man-of-the-match display in a rare start against Krasnador in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
She asked McCoist if Gilmour is the future of Scottish football and he replied saying, “Billy Gilmour is… I hope he can break into the squad for the Euros.
“What a talent. Fantastic talent. I would be very, very hopeful and I think it’s only a matter of time until he breaks into the Scotland squad.”
Asked about a move to Rangers McCoist said, “Listen, he’d certainly be involved with some very good players. He’d fit in there perfectly because he’s a very good footballer himself.”
Perfect move for the Euros
Chelsea have an incredibly talented squad already and Gilmour hasn’t even made it onto the bench for a Premier League game this season.
What’s more, the Scottish Sun has claimed that Chelsea are going to try and sign Declan Rice in a £60m deal this January and if that happens then Gilmour will be even further back in the pecking order.
If Gilmour does want to break into the Scotland squad for the Euros then he’s going to need a big stage to highlight his talents on and we can’t think of anywhere better than Ibrox.
Gilmour will get game-time at Rangers who have a huge amount of fixtures to deal with.
It’s a high-profile stage, with big Europa League games coming up and Rangers looking to win their first silverware of the Gerrard era.
In Gerrard, Lampard has a manager that he can trust with Gilmour.
A loan move makes a lot of sense to us and, unlike McCoist, we don’t think he’s going to get the game-time that he wants or needs at Stamford Bridge this season.
Last Saturday, Lampard had Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho on the bench. That’s some pretty fierce competition.
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