Rangers were recently linked with Billy Gilmour and it is a move that really should be resurrected.
Brian Laudrup recently commented on a potential switch and we agree with his perspective.
The former Ger made an interesting comparison between Gilmour and Steven Davis, and we think it would be great to see the youngster back at Ibrox.
In his Daily Mail column (print edition 09/02), as reported by the Glasgow Times, Laudrup wrote, “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, the club he left at 16, be suitable then?
“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.
“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 has not enjoyed much game time at Stamford Bridge and his role has reduced even further since Thomas Tuchel became manager.
With Steven Gerrard at the helm, and Champions League football likely on offer next term, we are an attractive proposition for both Gilmour and Chelsea.
We would love a chance to see him progress with us, not least because of all the work we did to develop him in his younger days.
Gilmour has impressed since his departure in 2017.
He may only have 15 appearances for Chelsea but he has managed a 91% pass accuracy and 3.9 interceptions in those games, per WyScout.
He would suit our style of play well, too, as he is a player who is always looking for the ball.
An average of 55 received passes per game means he would maintain possession well, while he also has 1.6 progressive runs per game.
As Laudrup says, he could fulfil a similar role to Davis, who may not be able to play as many games next season due to his age.
By comparison, the 36-year-old has 90% pass accuracy and 1.7 progressive runs in 2020/21 (WyScout), so he is very similar to Gilmour.
The £43,000 a week player has also achieved 8.7 successful passes to the final third per game, further evidencing the fact he would help to put us on the front foot.
Hopefully, the youngster is keen to get game time.
That could come in the Champions League with us, which Laudrup is right to highlight.
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