By Matt Farr
Rangers wonderkid Billy Gilmour has shared his delight after being called up to train with the first-team at Ibrox.
The 15-year-old is held in high regard by Rangers manager Mark Warburton, who handed the midfielder the opportunity to impress against his first-team stars on Tuesday.
Gilmour rose to prominence for Scotland in the Victory Shield tournament at the end of last year, and has since been attracting keen interest from some of Europe’s elite sides.
The Scottish Sun claimed last month that Premier League quartet Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United had all sent scouts to watch Gilmour in action, as well as European giants Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
However, Ibrox chief Mark Warburton has urged his young star to snub all interest from abroad, and focus instead on a future with his first-team.
Gilmour appears to be moving ever closer to his first-team bow, having established a regular role in the development side, and having now trained with the seniors for the first time.
After his remarkable experience, the teenager took to Twitter to voice his delight at being given the opportunity by Warburton.
great experience training with the first team pic.twitter.com/MPyNw06M3M
— Billy Gilmour (@billygilmourrr) January 25, 2017
Gilmour has already made his debut for the Under-20s side this season, earning a starting role in the 3-0 victory over Dundee in December.
Warburton has already allowed a number of the club’s youngsters to make their case for regular first-term berth, including Liam Burt – and Gilmour will be no different.
17-year-old Burt made his league debut for Rangers just under a year ago, and has made five appearances in all competitions at Ibrox this term.
In other Rangers news, Warburton has delivered the latest on the future of attacking-star Barrie McKay.