Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to react after their former academy starlet Billy Gilmour made his Premier League debut for Chelsea.
The 18-year-old shone for the Blues in their recent 2-0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup, which earned him a first ever Premier League start as Frank Lampard plunged him in at the deep end against Everton.
Impressively, the teenager emerged from the game with the Man of the Match award tucked safely under his arm following an excellent performance against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Gilmour completed more passes than any other player with 80 to his name – registering a completion rate of 91.3%.
Additionally, he made one key pass and completed two out of three long balls against the Toffees, in what was an extremely composed performance from the youngest player on the pitch.
Rangers failed to agree a professional contract with the Scottish youngster, before he left for Chelsea in a deal worth £500k – we presume that the Gers are regretting that fact each and every day.
Let’s see how the Rangers fans on Twitter reacted to his Premier League debut…
— Jamie Campbell (@JamieCa67022214) March 8, 2020
Can we all just agree that Billy Gilmour made the correct decision. He’d probably still not be making the Rangers bench
— JB (@jb1873) March 8, 2020
Rangers probably mismanaged the Billy Gilmour situation. If you see that he’s so good even at a young age, we should have been giving or promising him first team football. The only tool Rangers really had to keep him.
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) March 8, 2020
To kick off the reaction, two supporters said that Gilmour would probably still be struggling to make it into the Rangers first-team had he stayed, expressing concern over their side’s ability to integrate youngsters.
In fairness to Steven Gerrard’s side, they do seem to have learned from this slip-up by tying Leon King – who was attracting interest from Tottenham, Manchester City and RB Leipzig – down to a professional contract recently.
I’m more happy with @billygilmourrr starting than rangers right now. Reminds me of Barry Ferguson. He is a joy to watch.
— Stewart McGaughey (@stewie_21) March 8, 2020
Just sat through the 2 games on sky. Rangers struggled to beat the worst defence in the Spl then Billy Gilmour ran the show against Everton. I have absolutely no doubt if he were still with us he’d have been put out on loan to a Dumbarton or the likes.
— David Stevenson (@bigsimba1978) March 8, 2020
@billygilmourrr If only, what this Rangers team could do with you in it.
— ChristineRST (@ChristineRST) March 8, 2020
Elsewhere, two other fans waxed lyrical over the teenager, with one saying that Gilmour reminds them of Barry Ferguson.
The former Rangers star – who eventually left for Blackburn in a deal worth £7.5m – went on to captain the club after breaking through the academy, and also earned 46 caps for Scotland.
In other news, this journalist has slammed a Rangers player who’s been “below the standard expected”…