Former Rangers prospect Billy Gilmour has revealed that he has no regrets about leaving Ibrox, even though he knows he could be playing first-team football by now if he had stayed.
The 16-year-old midfielder left Ibrox for Chelsea last year, and has admitted that if he was thrown into the deep end of the Gers first team he would have been ‘bullied’ by Celtic skipper Scott Brown.
“I’’m not fully developed yet. If I’d matched myself up against Brown, for instance, he’d bully me for a full game” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s the best midfielder in Scotland by far so if I had to go up against him, I’d have no chance.
“Maybe technically, I’d be OK. But not in terms of running or pushing him off the ball.”
Gilmour is currently a member of the Chelsea under-18 squad, but is probably a few seasons away from making his first-team debut for the Blues.
Football Insider verdict
Gilmour’s attitude is incredibly sensible for such a young player. Throwing him into the deep end of an Old Firm match, for example, would have done nothing for his future prospects. Of course, it was a sad day for the Gers when Gilmour left the club, but it did seem inevitable as he was so highly-rated. The likes of Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen, who are now the main men at Ibrox, must ensure that this sort of thing is not repeated in their regime at Ibrox. Such good prospects must be encouraged to stay at the club, and not leave at the very first opportunity. The player seems to have no regrets though, and he has enjoyed a successful spell in London, winning four trophies for the Chelsea under-18 side. No doubt Gers fans will be keeping a close eye on the youngster’s career as it continues on what seems to be an increasingly upward trajectory.
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