Brian Laudrup wants Billy Gilmour to return to Rangers on loan next season – and Kevin Phillips agrees it could ignite his career.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former England international, Phillips, said the time has come for the 19-year-old to temporarily move away from Stamford Bridge in search of regular first team football.
Gilmour has made eight appearances for Chelsea this season but he has featured just once since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager last month.
The London club signed the centre-midfielder from Rangers in July 2017 for an initial fee of £500,000.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month the Scottish giants are continuing to keep tabs on Gilmour’s situation ahead of a potential summer loan swoop.
As quoted by Glasgow Live, former Rangers attacker Brian Laudrup believes a return to Ibrox on loan next season would be a great move for all parties.
When asked for his assessment of Gilmour’s future, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think a loan move is the next logical step.
“He has barely had a sniff since Tuchel is there and perhaps that is a sign.
“Yes, he is a young kid but he has had a taste of first-team football at a huge Premier League club and done well. Now is the time for him to go out on loan and develop further. It will help him really kick on.
“Chelsea will pick the team he will go to carefully. I do not think they will chuck him to any club. They will want to send him to a club that play football similar to Chelsea. That way, when he does come back, he can slip in without a problem.
“At this stage of his career, he needs to go, play and develop and Rangers could be the place to do that.”