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Rangers could land their next Gazza with swoop for ex-Ibrox gem

Reports earlier this summer saw Glasgow Rangers linked with a move to bring one midfielder back to the club on loan, having previously been part of the youth setup at Ibrox.

The Premiership giants have since been handed a further boost in their quest to re-sign Billy Gilmour.

This follows reports that the playmaker is expected to secure a temporary move away from his current club in the coming weeks, having not been handed a shirt number at Chelsea.

The 5 foot 8 Scotland international – who has been tipped by compatriot Kenny McLean to become a future “superstar” – had only returned to west London after enduring a mixed loan stint at relegated Norwich City last season, where he made 24 top-flight appearances, registering just one assist.

Despite those recent setbacks over the past 12 months or so, prior to that the £28k-per-week gem had blossomed for both club and country, notably starring in his nation’s brief Euro 2020 voyage last summer, earning praise from serial-winning coach Jose Mourinho in the process.

A man of the match display against England at the tournament also drew comparisons to current Blues team-mate and midfield icon N’Golo Kante, having previously been described as looking like a “world-class player” by pundit Roy Keane after breaking into the Chelsea first-team in 2020.

For those of a Rangers persuasion, however, the most eye-catching comparison will have been to that of former Ibrox hero Paul Gascoigne, with Leeds United legend Johnny Giles insisting that the youngster’s ability to go past players and drive forward mirrors that of the England idol.

Gascoigne achieved cult status during his three-year stay in Glasgow, scoring 39 goals in 103 games and winning four major trophies, while also delighting supporters with his uniquely brilliant midfield displays.

Dubbed the “best player I’ve seen in my life” by former Lazio team-mate Luigi Corino, the charismatic Geordie maestro was an unpredictable, instinctive genius who simply had a rare natural gift, with team-mate Ally McCoist notably stating: “There is absolutely no doubt that Gascoigne has been one of the players to brighten up Scottish football in the last 30 or 40 years.”

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The one-time Tottenham Hotspur man himself admitted that he “played some of the best football” of his career during his time in Scotland, having been revitalised after a difficult, injury-plagued spell in Italy.

Like Gascoigne, Gilmour is another talent who seemingly possesses that natural gift of being able to glide with the ball at his feet, while he too appears in need of a fresh start after a difficult last 12 months.

An Ibrox homecoming could well be an ideal solution, with sporting director Ross Wilson also potentially able to land the club’s next ‘Gazza’ in the process, if a deal can be struck.