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Rangers: Ibrox club linked with Billy Gilmour swoop

Rangers have shown that they are not averse to bringing players to Ibrox on temporary loan deals to help the team on a short-term basis.

For example, Giovanni van Bronckhorst currently has three players in his Gers squad that are there on loan – Aaron Ramsey, Amad Diallo and James Sands.

Looking ahead to the next summer transfer window, it seems as though the Ibrox outfit have identified another potential loan signing for next season, one that will already be familiar with the Glasgow club.

What’s the news?

According to a recent report from TEAMtalk, Rangers are eyeing up a summer transfer move to sign Chelsea midfielder, Billy Gilmour, on loan.

The midfielder joined the west London club’s U18 squad back in 2017 from Rangers’ youth ranks in a deal worth an initial fee of £500k.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Since then, the 20-year-old has gone on to make 101 appearances for Chelsea across their senior and youth sides.

In those appearances, the Scotsman has racked up 20 goals and 14 assists along the way.

Van Bronckhorst will love him

This season has seen the former Rangers youth star spend his time on loan with Norwich City, who were relegated from the Premier League last month.

Despite the Canaries’ poor season, having secured just 21 points from 36 games, the £28k-per-week talent has shown what a capable figure he can be in the Premier League.

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In terms of his passing, no other midfielder or attacker in Norwich’s squad has managed to equal the number of passes he’s completed (1173), and only one other player has made more progressive passes than him (95).

Also, only three other Norwich players have racked up more shot-creating actions than the Scotland international (47).

From a defensive point of view, Gilmour has made a combined total of 79 tackles and interceptions in the 23 league games he’s appeared in, the sixth-highest in Dean Smith’s squad, showing that he is capable of being useful for his side without the ball as well.

Labelled as a “fabulous” player by Graeme Souness and someone who “rises to the occasion” according to Petr Cech, Gilmour would be a solid addition to Rangers’ squad next season.

Given what he’s delivered for Norwich this season, Gers boss van Bronckhorst would surely love to have the former youth starlet back at Ibrox as a useful all-round midfield option.

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