Date: 30th March 2017 at 2:09pm
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By Will Butcher

Pedro Caixinha has claimed that Rangers wonderkid Billy Gilmour would be better off snubbing Premier League offers and remaining at Ibrox next season.

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has admitted that the 15-year-old is the subject of interest from Chelsea and that a deal is already in place for him to transfer for a reported £600,000.

Speaking in a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Portuguese boss Caixinha was quoted by Rangers official Twitter account as saying that he wants Gilmour to remain in Glasgow.

“Billy Gilmour is a clever player,” Caixinha said. “He can anticipate what is going to happen, and he can train and play with players older than him.

“I believe it would be better for him to stay here.”

Robertson told the media on Wednesday that Rangers have not given up hope of persuading Gilmour to stay and that a final decision has not been made.

A deal to take Gilmour to Stamford Bridge would see the youngster move in the summer, when he turns 16 in June.

The playmaker is believed to be one of the best young talents to have been produced north of the border in the last 20 years, after making his Scotland Under-16’s debut at just 14.

Gilmour, who has trained with Caixinha’s first team, will watch on from the sidelines as the Gers go up against Motherwell on Saturday, with the chance to close the gap on Aberdeen.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha has also revealed that he is confident of securing a new arrival next week.

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