Pat Nevin explains why Gilmour will not end up like Celtic product Feruz
By Danny Wright
Pat Nevin is hopeful that Billy Gilmour will not end up like former Celtic youth Islam Feruz.
Gilmour, 15, sealed a switch from Rangers to Chelsea on Tuesday and Feruz took a similar direction in the early days of his career as he moved to Stamford Bridge.
However the ex-Hoops youngster, 21, is beginning to fall into the realms of obscurity after disastrous loan spells at clubs like Blackpool, Hibernian and Swindon.
Nevin, a former Chelsea winger and Scotland international, believes that Gilmour must show something that Feruz failed to highlight during his development at the London club.
“It’s up to him. You look at Islam Feruz as a good example,” said Nevin to BBC Scotland, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
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“He went down there from Celtic and if there’s any weakness in your game, or your personality, you won’t make it. They will farm you out and give you the chance to do it somewhere else.
“You need to show the right attitude the entire time or you will not make it at Chelsea, although they will still give you the best they can.”
Rangers are reported by Sky Sports to have received £500,000 for Gilmour, who has taken part in first-team training at the Ibrox club but never made a senior appearance.
Many fans have blasted the teenager for effectively ending his career by moving to Chelsea, but Nevin thanks that the right attitude could bring him to be a success at the Premier League club despite their over-use of the loan system.
There are currently 37 players out on loan from the Blues across different clubs in the UK and Europe.
Gilmour isn’t the only player to have his departure announced today as Emerson Hyndman has confirmed he has played his last game for the Light Blues on Tuesday after suffering a season-ending injury.
In other Rangers news, Pedro Caixinha should try to sign the Barcelona outcast in the summer.