Glasgow Rangers want to secure the services of Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan next month and now the pressure is on Ross Wilson to deliver in the winter transfer market.
According to The Sun’s Fraser Mackie, Chelsea are open to loaning the teenager back to the 54-time Scottish champions for the rest of the season.
Gilmour made a rare start against FC Krasnodar in the Champions League on Tuesday night after recovering from knee surgery that ended his breakthrough season with the Blues.
Frank Lampard admitted he has high hopes for the youngster after Chelsea drew 1-1 with Krasnodar in their Champions League dead rubber, as he said: “I thought Billy was outstanding. The way he played and how he trains, I see him growing with us. He’s going to be a Chelsea player so it’s just about making sure the pathway is right for him.”
But the 19-year-old has fallen down the pecking order after the arrival of Kai Havertz in the summer and Rangers have reignited their interest in their former academy player with the transfer window set to open in just a few weeks’ time.
Leaving it so late is setting Wilson up for failure as it will only put him under pressure if he fails to deliver the goods.
Rangers are on a remarkable run of form, as they are currently unbeaten in all competitions, but a minor injury crisis in the midfield could somewhat curtail their strong start to the season.
Scott Arfield and Steven Davis are arguably entering the twilight of their careers, which means they could be more susceptible to injury problems, whilst Ryan Jack has struggled with injuries so far this season and there are doubts over Glen Kamara’s future at the club amid links abroad.
To continue with just Bongani Zungu, who himself has had his fair share of injury concerns, and Joe Aribo, who is predominantly an attacking midfielder by trade, would just be plain stupid as the season starts to heat up.
This phrase gets bandied about a bit too much for our liking but it’s as clear as day that Gilmour is a generational talent.
Despite his age, the Scotland starlet has already made 13 appearances for Chelsea – per SofaScore, he took 97 touches of the ball and clearly made all of that possession count, as he made 3 key passes, took one shot on target, provided 74 out of 83 passes (89%) and was fouled once, which suggests that he was a real menace throughout the game against Krasnodar.
By comparison, Aribo failed to register a single shot or record a key pass against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership last weekend, via SofaScore.
If they fail to regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season, Gerrard cannot entirely be held accountable, as Wilson will have to share some of the blame as well.