By Nick Ware

23rd Jun, 2021 | 8:10pm

Champions League football could help Rangers land Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour

Rangers remain in the hunt to sign Chelsea and Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour on a season-long loan deal, according to the BBC.

The online news outlet claims that the Champions League winners are in conversations with the ex-Rangers academy product over a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge next season.

The 20-year-old’s preference, as per the BBC’s report, is to stay in the English Premier League, with newly-promoted Norwich City vying for his signature.

However, the Gers still retain a chance of signing the Scottish international who starred against England at Euro 2020 on Friday, picking up the man of the match award on his full debut. Former Light Blues midfielder Charlie Adam labelled him as “sensational” following his performance [The Courier].

It is said that, were Rangers to advance past two rounds of qualifying to make it into the Champions League group stage, then that could be used as a “bargaining chip” to lure Gilmour back to Ibrox for a season.

Last resort

Gilmour is an immense talent, one who honed his abilities at the Gers before leaving for England in 2017, after his 16th birthday.

It’s taken a while for him to break through at Chelsea, but he has started to make his mark.

He made 11 appearances for them last season, enough to earn him a spot in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championships.

His influence on the side was evident as Scotland lost both of the games he didn’t appear in, while he dominated the England midfield on his first international start.

However, we’d rather not be developing other club’s talents.

If possible, we should be focusing on signing players on permanent deals, young talents that we can develop for ourselves and potentially sell on for huge profits/

Towards the end of the transfer window we may need to reassess our options and make a few loan moves, if our budget does not allow us to make any more permanent signings.

But for now we should focus elsewhere unless it’s a two-year lean or one with a permanent clause inserted, which is highly unlikely.

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