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28th Mar, 2017 | 6:00am

Report: Caixinha holds lengthy talks with playmaker, vows a prominent role in Rangers team

By Dominic Toner

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has told wonderkid Billy Gilmour that he will feature prominently in his plans in a last-ditch bid to keep him, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that the Portuguese boss has talked at length with the 15-year-old playmaker and pleaded with him to stay at Ibrox.

It is understood that he has ensured the rising star has been heavily involved in first team training since his appointment.

It was reported on Friday that Chelsea had agreed to sign Gilmour in a £500,000 deal in the summer, but contrary to that the Scottish Sun claimed that no such deal was yet in place.

Instead, that Premier League leaders Chelsea were still trying to negotiate a deal for the youngster and that the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal are monitoring his situation.

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Gilmour has developed into an academy sensation and is being tipped to become a future star, something that Caixinha is keen for him to achieve in Scotland.

Football Insider verdict:

Caixinha’s direct approach with talented youngster Gilmour is certainly something to be admired and shows to fans that he cares about the upcoming talents at the club. The Gers would benefit hugely from the playmaker staying with them over the next few years so they can nurture his progress, while also helping his price tag rise in the process. Caixinha does have plenty of experienced campaigners in his squad and will know it’s important to breathe some fresh life in the summer. Gilmour will improve drastically by training with the first team and the new Gers manager seems keen to give him a fair chance to compete for a spot. He turns 16 in June and it would be a great move if they can have a homegrown teenager breaking into the first team squad during the next couple of seasons.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club’s fans have urged Caixinha to re-sign a 27-year-old attacker.

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