According to The Sun, former Glasgow Rangers wonderkid Billy Gilmour could leave Chelsea on loan in the January transfer window, and the Ibrox giants should swoop in having been linked with him by The Scottish Sun last month.
Speaking to reporters at the time, the then-Blues boss Frank Lampard said on Sunday: “At the moment, he won’t go on loan but we will keep it open until the end of the month.”
However, as we all know by now, a lot can change between now and the end of the transfer window, as Lampard has subsequently been sacked by Chelsea and looks set to be replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Ross Wilson could in fact capitalise on the situation to sign Gilmour on a temporary basis before the transfer market closes this week for the rest of the season as Rangers may look to use Lampard’s sacking to their advantage.
Bongani Zungu’s struggles at Rangers look set to continue after the Bafana-Bafana midfielder made yet another substitute appearance under Steven Gerrard against Ross County; this being his tenth of the season so far.
Despite his age, it’s fair to say that Gilmour would be an immediate upgrade on Zungu, who has struggled to make much of an impact at Ibrox – since his arrival last year, the 28-year-old is barely averaging 0.1 tackles per game, via WhoScored. For context, the teenager is currently averaging more tackles (at least one) per match in the Premier League and commits fewer fouls than Zungu.
The comparisons don’t stop there, either, as he has made more attacking contributions as well, averaging at least one shot and one key pass per game in the Champions League as well as successfully completing at least one dribble per match.
Lampard was effusive in his praise for his former charge, even going so far as to dub him “outstanding” for his impressive display against Luton in the FA Cup in his last game in charge of the club at Stamford Bridge.
Gerrard arguably needs another backup option for the seasoned veteran Steven Davis and Gilmour’s youthful exuberance could be a fine fit for the 54-time Scottish champions.
Snapping up a player of his untapped potential to play second-fiddle to Davis would be a shrewd bit of business by the board. Whether or not they will be able to complete a deal before the transfer window shuts its doors at the end of the week is another matter altogether.
AND in other news, Rangers made right decision sending Glenn Middleton out on loan…