A major update has emerged on about Rangers target midfielder Billy Gilmour and it’s not great news for Steven Gerrard, who was keen to entice the Scottish star to Ibrox.
According to The Guardian, Rangers are set to miss out on a deal for Billy Gilmour as the Scotland international is closing in on a transfer to Norwich from Chelsea. Gilmour is poised to join the Canaries on a season-long loan deal, with a medical ready to take place after his period of isolation ends next week.
The BBC reported earlier this week that Rangers are interested in bringing Gilmour back to the club on loan. Although, their report did state that Gilmour would prefer to join a Premier League club over moving back to Scotland.
“I think he’s pretty settled at Chelsea. Fabulous little player but there’s been no contact.”
Steven Gerrard will be gutted by this news as it appears to rule out any chance Rangers have of signing Gilmour for the upcoming season.
With Norwich seemingly on the verge of wrapping up a swoop for Gilmour, Rangers may now need to look elsewhere for midfield recruits.
The Rangers boss is clearly a fan of the midfielder, given his comments on Gilmour. Gerrard labeled him as a fabulous player and this suggests that the former Liverpool man would have loved to have him at Ibrox next season, which is why he will be frustrated by Norwich seemingly winning the race for his signature.
However, it is difficult to blame Gilmour for wanting to play regular football at Premier League level, where Chelsea can gauge how good he is in the same division that they compete in, as it could give him a chance to show Thomas Tuchel that he belongs in the Blues’ first-team in the future.
The £43k-per-week dynamo has caught the eye recently with Man of the Match awards for Chelsea and Scotland, with the midfielder winning the award on his Premier League, FA Cup and European Championships debuts.
This shows that he has the quality on the pitch to warrant the hype and it highlights why he would have been an excellent signing for Rangers.
Missing out on Gilmour will be a blow for Rangers and Gerrard will be disappointed that the club have been unable to snap him up ahead of Norwich.