Glagow Rangers have been linked with signing midfielder Billy Gilmour this summer and the Scotland international could prove to develop into a £100m player at Ibrox in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
It has been suggested that the 21-year-old will leave Chelsea on loan again in the upcoming season and Rangers are one potential destination for the Scotland international, who left Ibrox as a teenager to pursue a career with the Premier League giants.
Last season saw Gilmour join Norwich City on loan and he would make 24 appearances for the Canaries as they were relegated back to the Championship, earning a disappointing 6.39 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
However, he was not able to properly showcase his abilities in a side that were on the wrong side of a heavy defeat most weekends, and in a Rangers side who will dominate the ball in most domestic fixtures, he could excel.
According to FBref, the ninth-most similar player to Gilmour in terms of play style is Wolves talisman, Ruben Neves.
The Portugal international has been a mainstay in Wolves’ side since joining from Porto and has been valued at £100m by his manager Bruno Lage amid interest from Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
According to WhoScored both Neves and Gilmour like to play long balls, like to shoot from range and like to play the ball in the air, which suggests that they share many attributes and can both excel as a deep-lying playmaker.
Van Bronckhorst isn’t currently short of midfield options but has lost Joe Aribo to Southampton this summer, so Gilmour, who reportedly earns £43k per week at Chelsea, could go some way towards replacing the Nigerian’s creativity and quality in the middle of the park next season.
Roy Keane was full of praise for Gilmour in 2020, saying: “There are certain traits you want from a midfielder. You obviously want them to be quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure. He had everything. It was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long, long time. The downside for the kid now is that he has to back it up.
“His general play and the way the game started (made me stand up.) He looked like a world-class player.”
If he were to join Rangers and play anything like Neves, then he would surely prove to be a quality acquisition, so Ross Wilson should definitely try and bring him to Ibrox.