Rangers emerge as contenders to take Chelsea starlet on loan

Date published: Wednesday 9th December 2020 4:09

Rangers have joined the race to take back Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea, according to a report.

Gilmour has recently returned from a four-month injury layoff, looking to pick up from where he started.

The midfielder made an impression in the first team last season, earning a handful of senior appearances despite still being a teenager.

He looks set to continue his rapid progress after recovering from injury, and was a standout player as he made his first start of the season in the Champions League draw with Krasnodar on Tuesday.

His performance has prompted discussion over what would be the ideal next step for his development. A January loan may be a possibility if he cannot force his way into Frank Lampard’s plans more regularly.

Recent reports hinted at interest from Italy, but another suitor for Gilmour has now emerged – and it is a destination he knows well.

According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers could try to sign him on loan. Gilmour previously came through their youth ranks before leaving for Chelsea as a 16-year-old.



Now, if Chelsea decide it would be best for him to continue his development elsewhere, Rangers could come calling.

That would mean Steven Gerrard would be trying to sign a player from his former England midfield teammate Frank Lampard. It could be a smart option to send Gilmour somewhere he is familiar with.

Indeed, the report claims Chelsea are open to the idea, which in turn could give the Scotland under-21 international a chance to break into his country’s senior team for Euro 2020.

Lampard discusses Gilmour future

After Gilmour’s impressive display against Krasnodar, Lampard revealed how pleased he was with the 19-year-old.

With his confidence in the player clear, the manager admitted he would have to assess his future carefully.

Asked if he could go out on loan, Lampard replied: “Not sure.

“The way he trains and plays I can see him with us. I have to make sure the pathway is right.”

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