Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour has opened up about his time at Rangers before joining the Stamford Bridge giants – and admitted he was “really grateful” for the time he was with the Gers.
Gilmour has impressed with Chelsea’s Under-18 side after leaving the Light Blues in the summer to join Jody Morris’ Academy side.
The 16-year-old midfielder was on the brink of a first-team place at Rangers before he agreed to join Chelsea but thinks he has become a better player for joining the Blues.
The Scotland Under-17 captain has trained with Chelsea’s first-team a few times since his move south and revealled he was “really, really” enjoying his time with the Premier League champions.
“I’m really, really enjoying it. I’ll always be grateful for the time I spent at Rangers because so many people worked so hard to help me improve as a player – just like they did within my Performance School. But I do feel as if I’m improving all the time,” Gilmour said, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.
“I’ve trained with the first team a couple of times and that was an amazing experience.
“You’re dealing with some of the best players in the world but they go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Seeing the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard up close was unreal.”
Gilmour played a big part as Morris’ side lifted the Under-18 Premier League Cup with a 2-0 win over Tottenham two weeks ago.
Football Insider verdict:
Gilmour has all the ability in the world and can go as far in football as he wants to. The 16-year-old was a standout for Rangers’ Under-20’s last season under Graeme Murty and looked to have all the tools needed to reach the very top. Gilmour’s attitude is fantastic too and the youngster seems to have his head screwed on as he tries to make it through the ranks at Chelsea and reach the first-team. While Chelsea don’t have the best record at bringing young players through, if Gilmour continues to work the way he has over the last few years there’s little reason why he can’t buck the trend.
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