Billy Gilmour insists that he will not be intimidated by bigger players againhaving learnt a lesson when Harry Maguire grabbed him by the neck in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United.
The 5ft 6in midfielder was named man of the match in Tuesday evening’s win at home to Liverpool with a performance seemingly at odds with his diminutive stature.
Yet speaking afterwards the 18-year-old described his coming together with 6ft 4in centre back Maguire in late October as a big learning curve.
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“I think that was pointless for him, but he is going to try and bully the young ones,” Gilmour said.
“That’s what I need to learn in the game. I have to be stronger. I have been working on that. I can only get stronger. That was a learning curve definitely when he gripped me up in the box.
“I remember that really well. Basically, he was saying I was a wee guy, so pushing me off and gripping me by the throat was something I have to deal with but I won’t let that happen again, that’s for sure. That’s a lesson.”
As Frank Lampard said: “if he is small in stature, he is huge in personality and talent.”
That personality was to the fore against Jurgen Klopp’s side as Gilmour, who is expected to receive a Scotland senior call-up this month, proved a vociferous presence at the base of Chelsea’s midfield.
“Yes, I am not hear just to be one of the players and to just be quiet,” he added.
“I need to tell them to get in position. It is the same for people telling me because that’s how they get better and that’s how I get better. Just telling folk and to communicate, specifically for my position and where I play, I need to do that.”
He was also unaware that Scotland manager Steve Clarke was in attendance until full-time when Liverpool left back and compatriot Andy Robertson informed him.
“No, I was speaking to Andy Robertson who…