A major update has emerged on Rangers target Billy Gilmour, regarding where he will be playing his football next season and it looks like he won’t be heading to Glasgow to play at Ibrox.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has agreed to sign for Premier League side Norwich on loan for the 2021/22 campaign. The Scotland international is currently in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and will complete his medical in Norfolk later this week when he is cleared to end his exile.
This comes after the EDP reported earlier this month that Gilmour was attracted to the prospect of working under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox. At the time, it was said to be a shootout between Rangers and Norwich for his signature, with the English side now poised to win the battle.
Rangers fans will be left gutted by this latest update. The news that Gilmour was interested in joining the club due to the allure of being coached by Gerrard was encouraging and you could excuse fans for thinking that it would have tipped the balance in their favour. However, the youngster has now chosen to sign for Norwich and ply his trade in the Premier League for a season.
From his perspective, it is an understandable decision. Whilst Rangers have the chance to qualify for the Champions League, he could now play in the English top-flight week-in-week-out and impress against the teams that Chelsea compete with every year.
This means that Thomas Tuchel will be able to see how he fares playing regularly at that level and it could give him a gauge of exactly how far away he is from competing in the first-team at Stamford Bridge. Whereas, it would be harder to ascertain that if Gilmour is playing for Rangers against teams in Scotland, who may not be on the same level as Premier League outfits.
The £43k-per-week dynamo could have been an exciting addition to Gerrard’s squad ahead of next season. Former Scotland youth coach Malky Mackay lauded him as “special” and pointed out that he captained Scotland at the Toulon tournament at the age of 17, highlighting his maturity and quality at such a young age for the under-21 side at international level.
“Billy is someone I’ve been impatient about for a number of years now.
“We took him to the Toulon tournament with Scotland under-21s when he was 17 because I had a firm belief this kid is something special.
“He ended up playing, becoming the breakthrough player at a tournament of that esteem, scoring a goal and captaining the team.”
This shows how highly rated he is and why he could have the potential to become an excellent player. Rangers fans will be disappointed that they will not get the chance to watch him flourish and perhaps fulfil his potential at Ibrox on loan next season, which is why this news is a blow for the club and the supporters.