By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

16th Apr, 2023 | 11:10am

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We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Billy Gilmour would be a “great signing” for Rangers but it’s unknown whether the Brighton midfielder would want to return to Scotland, according to Tam McManus.

Gilmour, 21, joined Brighton from Chelsea for £9million in the summer but the former Auchenhowie youth ace has played just 10 times in all competitions since then and only started twice in the Premier League.

The Scotland international, who impressed at the European Championships in 2021, has played just two times in 2023 so far and there are now increasing calls for him to move on from the AMEX Stadium.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show recently, Mark Guidi and Barry Ferguson suggested a return to Ibrox could be on the cards for Gilmour, especially with Gers hero David Weir being the technical director at the high-flying Premier League club.

And prior to his move to Brighton, he was linked with a transfer to Rangers due to his ties to the Govan giants and their obvious need for midfield reinforcements [90min].

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McManus believes Gers fans would be thrilled to see Gilmour back in Glasgow but ultimately, he isn’t sure whether the midfielder would want that at this stage of his career.

Speaking to Ibrox News, McManus said: “It depends on what he wants to do.

He’s good enough to play in the Premier League but unfortunately for him, he was at Norwich and they were rubbish and it didn’t work out for him there. Then he went to Brighton, who are flying so he can’t get in the team.

He’s been a wee bit unlucky with where he’s been and he needs to get back to playing because 18 months ago, he was Scotland’s best midfielder. He was awesome.

But now he’s not playing and he’s got to be. He’s got to play every week at Rangers but whether he wants to come to a lesser league – I don’t like saying that but the Premier League is better – this early in his career, I don’t know.

It’s down to him and he’ll probably be on a lot of money as well.

Rangers fans would love him to come back, they’ll welcome him back with open arms and he’ll be a great signing.

But it’s whether he wants to stay in England or not or go abroad.”

Gilmour left Ibrox to join Chelsea in 2017 and he went on to make 22 appearances for the London club, winning the Champions League with them as an unused substitute in May 2021.

In other Rangers news, eight new signings are on the cards at Ibrox this summer with Wilson now gone.