By Doug Ward

24th Jun, 2021 | 11:59am

Rangers discover what it would take to bring Billy Gilmour back to Glasgow

Rangers are in contact with Chelsea over a season-long loan deal to re-sign midfielder Billy Gilmour, according to The 4th Official

The reliable source, which has over 40,000 Twitter followers, reports there are many conditions from Chelsea’s end, including Rangers paying the entirety of Gilmour’s wages.

Additionally, Chelsea are reportedly keen to see Gilmour gain experience via regular first-team minutes, something the Gers should have no problem providing.

The player will not be easy to pin down however, as a number of Premier League clubs have been circling since Chelsea announced that they are happy for the youngster to leave on loan this summer. 

The lure of Ibrox

Having notched only five appearances for Chelsea last season due to intense competition for midfield minutes, it was Gilmour’s Euro 2020 performance against England which truly put clubs on high alert. 

With Norwich in a strong position to land Gilmour thanks to Daniel Farke’s healthy working relationship with compatriot Thomas Tuchel [Guardian], Rangers will have to pull out all the stops to tempt the youngster up north. 

If the Gers successfully qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League it will certainly make them an attractive proposition. 

Manager Steven Gerrard also has a great track record of developing emerging talent, with youngsters Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi going from strength to strength under his guidance. 

Gilmour spent eight years at the Rangers academy, leaving as a 16-year-old to join Chelsea which has prompted a fan-led plea to ‘bring him home’. 

The 4th Official also states that Gerrard may have to shift someone of high value off the club’s books to afford Gilmour’s steep wages.

Rangers have got a battle on their hands to land the Scotsman, but if they play their cards right a future superstar could be running their midfield next season.  

In other Rangers news, Report: Gers-linked international defender close to completing summer move