By Alex Stevens
Rangers have admitted that brilliant young playmaker Billy Gilmour could quit the club.
Chelsea lead the race to sign the 15-year-old, with some reports suggesting that a deal is already in place for him to move to Stamford Bridge when he turns 16 in June.
Ibrox managing director Stewart Robertson claimed that is not the case as he explained how the teenager’s future remains up in the air.
The Ranger hierarchy are still hopeful they can see off competition from the runaway Premier League leaders and convince Gilmour to commit his future to Ibrox.
“Billy has got a decision to make, really,” Robertson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “It’s a key stage of his career, we would love him to stay but we will see what happens.
“From a club’s perspective we want to keep our best players and that’s the key thing for us that we do the best thing we can to try and retain his services.”
Rangers have reportedly been making last-ditch attempts this week to convince the teenager that his development would be best served by learning his trade in Glasgow.
New manager Pedro Caixinha has admitted he has personally held talks with Gilmour, while Scottish Football Association performance director Mackay has also warned Gilmour of the perils of getting lost in a big-club academy.
In addition to Chelsea, other premier European clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona, are said to be keeping close tabs Gilmour, who is rated as one of the outstanding talents produced by Scottish football in the last 20 years.
Rangers are next in action on Saturday, when they host Motherwell in a Scottish Premiership fixture at Ibrox.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has lined up his first four signings, with deals done for three of them.