'Wow, it'd be Big Coup for Rangers' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to Times' Jan transfer reveal
Frank McAvennie claimed it would be a “big coup” for Rangers if they signed Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Celtic and St Mirren striker was blown away by the 19-year-old wonderkid’s performance against Liverpool last season and is adamant he would be a great success in the Scottish Premiership.
According to The Times, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is open to the centre-midfielder leaving Stamford Bridge on loan in January with Ibrox a potential destination.
Gilmour played the full 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw with FK Krasnodar in the Champions League on Tuesday, just his fifth start since a Man of the Match performance against Liverpool in March.
A product of the Light Blues academy, Chelsea signed Gilmour from Rangers in 2017 for a fee £500,000 with a number of add-ons based on the achievement of specific milestones.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the potential return of the teenage midfielder, McAvennie said:
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“The young boy has gone away and learned his trade and no disrespect to the people up here but you can see how he has benefitted from the different training methods down in England. It has been fantastic for the boy.
“He needs to play now, he’s good enough. I remember the game against Liverpool when he bossed the midfield and that was the moment he arrived on the big stage.
“All of a sudden he has fallen away and it’s just because there are that many superstars at Chelsea.
“If he came up to Rangers… Wow he would look so good up here.
“He is an accomplished player. It is not the same boy that left. He if far better than that. If they get him it would be a big coup.”
In other Rangers news, Kevin Campbell suggests club have another striker lined up to replace Jermain Defoe.