As reported by The Daily Record, former Rangers player Billy Gilmour has opened up on why he left Ibrox to sign for Chelsea.
Gilmour made the switch from Glasgow to London last year before even making his first team debut at Rangers, spurning the chance to become the youngest ever player for the club he loves in order to try and make a career for himself at Stamford Bridge.
It was a controversial decision, upsetting supporters, and now the 16-year-old has decided to make the reasons for his move clear.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Gilmour said:
Most of my family are Rangers fans and I love the club. I’ll always be thankful for everything they did for me.
But when Chelsea showed me what their plan was for me, I just couldn’t turn it down. Everything about the club was incredible and it’s where I wanted to be.
If you really know what you want, it’s an easy decision. If boys are hesitant – ones who say they want it but don’t really – it can be difficult. But my aim has always been to play at the best level. I’ve always wanted to play older, get the best coaching, stay behind and do more.
So when I heard Chelsea came in it was a no-brainer. I wanted to be with the best team. I want to be winning everything.
It’s a highly ambitious mentality from the youngster and one which will serve him well, with his ability ensuring he has a great shot of making it at Chelsea and the Premier League.
Had Gilmour, a year on, been struggling with the adjustment to life in the youth teams at Stamford Bridge, the move could have been seen as a mistake.
The fact is though that he is thriving right now, shining as the club lifted the Youth FA Cup, with Gilmour scoring in the final against Arsenal in an age group above his own.
A stand-out for their U18s side, he’ll now be pushing for a place in their U23s side at the age of just 16.
It’s now about physically developing and gaining first team experience, whether that comes on loan or at Chelsea themselves.
There’s no doubt he has every chance of making it at the top level in England, fully justifying his exit from Rangers.