Frank McAvennie has claimed “big Rangers man” Billy Gilmour is the future of Scottish football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Celtic legend has been wowed by the impact the 19-year-old has made since being catapulted into the Chelsea first team.

McAvennie claimed commentators were left “stunned” by how he dazzled against Liverpool’s Premier League winners in an FA Cup triumph shortly before the lockdown.

The former striker is in no doubt the teenager did the right thing in quitting Rangers for the glamour of the Premier League three years ago.

“Billy Gilmour is the future of Scottish football,” McAvennie told Football Insider. “I know he is a big Rangers man but he did the right thing.

“He left the club to join Chelsea because he wanted to learn. I did that. I wanted to learn and you only do that from playing against the best.

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“The game against Liverpool, my god, he shone in that midfield. He was like a beacon in
the middle. The commentators and pundits, Roy Keane, were stunned. He was turning seasoned pros inside out in the midfield.

“A wonderful display and I am really proud that he is Scottish. Maybe with him, McGinn
and McTominay in midfield with the Rangers and Celtic boys we can look forward to the future.

“I feared for them when Scott Brown retired but all they need now is a couple of top class defenders and we’ll be a force. It is looking good.”

Gilmour was lured from Rangers for a fee of around £600,000 in the summer of 2017 after Chelsea beat multiple other Premier League clubs to his signature.

He has made nine senior appearances for Frank Lampard’s team, including man-of-the-match displays against Liverpool and Everton.

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