By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Jun, 2021 | 7:57am

Rangers want Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan

Chelsea are open to letting Scotland international midfielder Billy Gilmour join Rangers on a season-long loan, but a decision is far from being reached.

The Daily Record claim that Light Blues manager Steven Gerrard has joined the race to sign the 20-year-old on a temporary deal, but that could depend on whether his side qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

Gilmour is not short of suitors in the Premier League, but a sensational return to Ibrox and the chance to play European football could work in Rangers’ move.

A Chelsea source told Daily Record: “There have been some conflicting signals where Billy’s immediate future is concerned. It may depend on whether or not Mateo Kovacic stays or leaves the club this summer.

“But there is no doubt how highly Chelsea rate Billy. If they do agree to loan him out for experience they might prefer him to be playing in the Premier League with the likes of Norwich, Wolves or Leeds.

“But they also know Steven Gerrard is a big admirer – and that Rangers are very much in the market for taking young players from Premier League academies on loan and giving them top team experience as part of a well-coached side.”

Yes to Gilmour

The 20-year-old has emerged as the official man-of-the-match on his full debuts in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and European Championship, and Rangers should definitely be pulling out all the stops to bring him back to Ibrox on loan.

Gilmour left for Chelsea as a 15-year-old in 2017 for around £500,000 [Daily Record] and has grown in leaps and bounds.

With a Scottish Premiership title to defend and a place in the group stages of Europe’s elite competition at stake next season, we really need every help we can get, and the midfielder would definitely be a huge boost.

Gilmour needs to play regularly to take his development and growth to the next level, and there is that chance at Ibrox.

Gerrard is also looking to have a go at both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup, and the youngster could be returning to Stamford Bridge as a domestic treble winner at the end of next season if all goes as planned.

Rangers fans would love to have one of their own back even if it is just for a season, and we hope this deal can be gotten over the line.

In other Rangers news, Euro title-winner has responded when asked if he wants to join the Bears this summer.