By Doug Ward

29th Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

Perfect chance for Rangers to sign Billy Gilmour after ridiculous Norwich footage emerges

Rangers’ hopes of re-signing Billy Gilmour may be rekindled in January as the Chelsea midfielder’s loan spell at Norwich turned sour this week.

Despite the 20-year-old midfielder impressing almost everyone in Scotland and at Stamford Bridge who watches him, he’s clearly failed to earn the adulation of Norwich fans.

On Tuesday, sections of the Canaries’ away support sung a foul-mouthed chant that was aimed at Gilmour, telling the midfield loan star to go back to Chelsea – albeit in a less polite way [Daily Mail].

Norwich lost 3-0 away at Selhurst Park as their dreadful Premier League season continued.

Gilmour played 90 minutes of the tie in what was just his 12th league appearance of the season for the East Anglia club.

And while Norwich fans clearly cannot warm to Gilmour and would rather see Chelsea recall him from his loan in January, that could open up a perfect chance for Rangers to swoop in and sign him in the coming weeks.

Gilmour has regularly been linked with a return to Ibrox ever since Chelsea poached the talented young midfielder from us in 2017.

Before he moved on loan to Carrow Road on loan in the summer, Ibrox was mooted as a potential destination for him by the Scottish Sun.

Since then, the likes of Barry Ferguson, Kris Commons and journalist John Greechan have all said that a return to Rangers could – or should – be on the cards in the mid-season transfer window.

What are the chances of it happening?

Chelsea could have called Gilmour back from his loan at Norwich but he’s now played enough times for Dean Smith’s side that they cannot do that in January [The Athletic].

However, the footage of Norwich fans at Crystal Palace this week is bound to have had an effect on Gilmour.

Why on earth would you want to play for a club whose fans treat you like that? Even though you’re one of their most talented players who’s only there for experience in the men’s game and to do his best in trying to help them avoid relegation.

If Gilmour wants to go, we don’t see how Smith could stop him and Norwich may mutually agree with the midfielder to send him back to Chelsea – opening up the perfect opportunity for the Gers to swoop in.

There’s no denying that Gilmour would be a good signing for Giovanni van Bronckhorst with Ryan Jack facing continual injury issues, John Lundstram’s form being up and down, Steven Davis struggling and Juninho Bacuna yet to assert himself in the side.

Michael Stewart wrote on the Scottish Sun website in the summer, after Scotland’s draw with England at Euro 2020, that Gilmour is an “absolute superstar”.

And he would absolutely be that in this side if he joins next month.

In other Rangers news, the Gers could get £12million for this player in January.