By Saikat Mandal

10th Jan, 2022 | 1:30pm

Keith Jackson urges Rangers to sign Billy Gilmour on loan

Keith Jackson has suggested in his Daily Record column that Rangers should look to sign Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea.

The 20-year-old was one of the most talented players to come out of Scotland in many a generation, but his loan spell at Norwich City has been nothing but a disaster.

The “supremely gifted” youngster joined a weak Norwich side on loan during the summer when he probably should have stayed at Chelsea and waited for his opportunities. 

Recently, the Norwich fans have started hurling abuse on the youngster and his confidence will be absolutely shattered.

Jackson feels that Gilmour to Rangers on loan makes more sense on many levels. He wrote for The Daily Record: “Would Gerrard offer Gilmour that same platform at Villa? Or do the succession planners he left behind at Ibrox still have the player’s name on a list of potential targets?

“Ultimately, the arrival of John Lundstram from Sheffield United last summer may have curbed Gerrard’s enthusiasm for bringing in another central midfielder.

“But, despite a bulging pay packet, Lundstram has hardly set Scottish football’s heather on fire and has remained very much on the fringes under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

“If Lundstram was to be tempted by a quick-fire return south of the border this month then perhaps Gilmour’s next destination could be a familiar one. It would certainly make more sense that six more months of misery in Norwich.”

Brilliant idea

The youngster needs a familiar environment to regain his confidence. He needs to play under a manager for the next six months who will trust him.

At Chelsea, he is unlikely to get enough games this season which is not ideal for Steve Clarke who intends to build the team around him.

The World Cup play-offs have to be kept in mind and Clarke will want a rejuvenated Gilmour in his midfield.

The Gers have done exceptionally well since Giovanni van Bronckhorst took charge and the youngster would come to a place where the atmosphere is buzzing.

He would add tremendous quality to the current Rangers side and could help the Gers regain their Scottish Premiership title.

The Gers signed John Lundstram from Sheffield United and he has failed to make an impact under the Dutchman. There’s no reason why Gilmour can’t be lured back to Ibrox on loan.

The idea is superb, but Rangers can only move for him if Chelsea recall the midfielder from his nightmare loan spell in January.

In other Rangers news, an English club has opened talks to sign an ‘Outstanding’ player wanted by the Gers this month.