Rangers had a genuine interest in re-signing Billy Gilmour on loan during the just-closed window – and will continue to keep tabs on their former starlet going into the summer, Football Insider understands.
The midfield sensation was wanted by multiple clubs in January but Chelsea put the block on him leaving despite his current fringe status.
Football Insider revealed on Thursday that Leicester City were among the Premier League teams who made a late-window move for the 19-year-old.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers did make third-party enquiries for Gilmour before Christmas but were told a deal was not feasible as Frank Lampard did not want to let him go.
That appeared to be that until the dismissal of Lampard last week opened the door for the Scottish sensation to temporarily leave.
However, Chelsea knocked back the interest and new boss Thomas Tuchel claimed at his media conference on Wednesday that Gilmour is “very, very close to the side”.
Steven Gerrard had previously confirmed his admiration for the Scottish sensation and said: “I think he’s pretty settled at Chelsea. Fabulous little player but there’s been no contact”.
Gerrard and his coaching staff believe Gilmour could have added quality and technical ability in the centre of the Rangers midfield for the second half of the campaign.
The player himself was open to an Ibrox return and he wants regular football to cement his place in the Scotland squad for the Euros this summer.
Rangers are said by the sources to be ready to keep the door ajar for Gilmour heading into the summer if he is still on the fringes at Stamford Bridge.
Gilmour made a huge impression for Chelsea last Spring before the first lockdown but his progress has subsequently stalled, partly due to a knee injury.
He has nonetheless made 17 senior appearances for the Blues, six of which have come this season.