By Danny Wright
Graeme Murty believes that Billy Gilmour should continue his development at Rangers.
Chelsea have been linked with signing the wonderkid, with Goal reporting that a £500,000 deal between the two clubs is close to completion.
The Londoners aren’t the only club to be interested in the 15-year-old as European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also kept tabs on the emerging talent.
However the Gers senior man thinks that Gilmour is knocking on the door of the first team and that would be more beneficial to his career than sitting in a Premier League club’s youth team.
Murty was recently relieved of his caretaker charge of the senior side when Pedro Caixinha was announced as manager in March.
Gilmour has taken part in first-team training this season and the head coach of the development squad thinks this is something that he cannot be guaranteed elsewhere.
“Billy knows my thoughts on the pathway to being a top player,” said Murty, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There is a world of difference to pushing to play in the Rangers first team compared to playing in a youth team elsewhere.
“We will respect his decision but he knows we want him to stay.”
Other senior figures at Ibrox have also weighed in on Gilmour’s future with Caixinha and managing director Stewart Robertson saying that they want to keep hold of the wonderkid.
Chelsea have made a habit of snapping up youngsters from other academies in recent years but John Terry has been the only player to make a mark on the first team in over a decade.
They have also been widely criticised for their manipulation of the loan market, with several dozen players shipped out on temporary deals across the continent.
In other Rangers news, Barrie McKay has made a startling admission about the club’s tactics.