By Harvey Byrne
Scotland’s Under-16s beat Northern Ireland 2-0 on Sunday, in a match with saw Rangers youngster Billy Gilmour named as the national side’s man of the match.
The Daily Record stated that the focus was on Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele with the SFA eager to fast-track the 13-year-old sensation after England had invited him down to train at their HQ, St George’s Park.
However, it was Rangers own 15-year-old Gilmour who stole the show with the report stating that his guile, technique and awareness was that of a player well above his age.
The young Ibrox starlet was even tipped by an influential coaching figure to make his debut before he reaches the age of 17.
“The boy’s destined to play in the Rangers first team before he’s 17,” quoted the Daily Record from an unnamed coach.
Rangers have put more of an emphasis on promoting youth players under head of youth Craig Mulholland and manager Mark Warburton.
It is stated that the coaching pair choose to play 15 year olds in the Under-17s and Under-20s games, which brings the side fewer wins, but helps the players more in the long run playing in a higher age group.