Mills View: Michael Beale can lure Billy Gilmour to Rangers after big update
The prospect of Champions League football and the presence of Michael Beale could be enough for Rangers to lure Billy Gilmour from Chelsea to Ibrox.
That is the view of former England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the teenager potentially heading back north of the border on a temporary deal.
Steven Gerrard’s first-team coach Beale spent a decade at Chelsea working with the club’s academy before moving to Liverpool where he linked up with Gerrard.
The Scottish Premiership have been given two places in next season’s Champions League and if Rangers secure the title they will enter the competition at the third qualifying round – two rounds from the group stages.
Asked whether the prospect of competing in Europe’s premium cup competition may help Rangers convince Chelsea to loan them Gilmour, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Definitely.
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“You also know that Steven Gerrard will want to play a certain style of football which is very important.
“One of his coaches, Michael Beale, was at Chelsea once upon a time.
“When you send a player out on loan you want them to improve and you want them to develop and play in the right way.
“There aren’t too many midfielders who won’t look up to Steven Gerrard and what he’s done is exceptional.
“That could well be a possibility for him to get experience in the Champions League, even if they drop out of that.
“I’m pretty sure if they can get a deal done, only on loan, he could be a very big talent long term for Chelsea. It’s a great opportunity for both.”