A major update has emerged on Rangers target Billy Gilmour, regarding his thoughts on a potential move to Scotland.
According to the Eastern Daily Press, Chelsea central midfielder Billy Gilmour is open to signing for Rangers on loan. The Norwich-based paper report that the Canaries are in pole position to snap the youngster up amongst the group of Premier League clubs chasing his signature, but Rangers are providing an obstacle in their way.
The report claims that Gilmour is attracted to the prospect of working under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, returning to the club where he began his career. However, Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel want him to remain in the Premier League and are ready to sanction a switch to Norfolk.
Gerrard will be buzzing with this update as it seemingly increases the club’s chances of being able to land Gilmour on loan this summer. Whilst his parent club want him to stay in England, it is down to the player to decide where he wants to go at the end of the day and this new piece of information places the Gers in a superb position in that regard.
Upon being linked with him last year, the ex-Liverpool midfielder hailed the midfielder as a “fabulous” player, whilst admitting that he had not been in contact with Chelsea to sign him at that time. He said:
“I think he’s pretty settled at Chelsea. Fabulous little player but there’s been no contact.”
This shows how highly Gerrard rates Gilmour and why he would be delighted if the Scottish metronome came through the door in the coming weeks. The English boss clearly believes that the Chelsea youngster is a good player and that he could improve his squad, given those quotes and his current interest in bringing him to the club.
Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt recently compared Gilmour to his Chelsea teammate and France national team star N’Golo Kante. The Dutchman wrote on Twitter: “Fair play Scotland, them tribal games hit different. Billy Gilmour was basically N’Golo Kante.”
If the 20-year-old is anything like Kante then he could be a terrific addition to the Scottish Premiership giants ahead of next season. The French international has won the PFA Player of the Year in the Premier League, been named in the PFA Team of the Year twice and been in the UEFA Team of the Year once in the past six years.
Gilmour did recently impress in a European Championships match against England for Scotland. He ended the game with eight ball recoveries, two tackles and 40 completed passes for his country, topping his team in each category on the pitch. This suggests that he could have the quality to make an instant impact at the club if Ross Wilson is able to wrap up a loan swoop for him.