Scott McTominay had an encouraging message for Billy Gilmour after Manchester United beat Chelsea earlier this season.
Both sides had been vying for a Champions League spot this year before the coronavirus decimated the footballing calendar.
Chelsea currently occupy fourth place but United have been chasing down vehemently.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been on a fine run of form of 11 games unbeaten, including nine clean sheets, in all competitions.
Frank Lampard’s young side have exhibited signs of inexperience.
But his commitment to the Chelsea academy has been admirable – with one debutant proving an instant hit with the fans.
Billy Gilmour has been an instant hit with Chelsea fans
Gilmour introduced himself properly to the Stamford Bridge faithful after two man of the match awards against Liverpool and Everton in March.
However, that was not his first taste of action in the senior side.
He started the Carabao Cup match against United earlier in the season but Solskjaer’s side outclassed the Blues.
And the Glasgow-born star revealed how his compatriot, McTominay, gave him a rough ride.
Nevertheless, the Red Devils star gave Gilmour an encouraging text after the 2-1 loss.
Asked to name his most difficult opponent, he said during a live Twitch stream: “In a game I’d say Scott McTominay, not just because he’s Scottish, it was just in that game I found it very difficult.
Scott McTominay is a first-team regular at United now
“[There’s] no rivalry, I don’t know him that well.
“But after the match he did text me and said, ‘keep doing what you’re doing’. I thought that was really nice of him.”
Both McTominay and Gilmour represent a bright future for Scotland’s midfield after years in the wilderness.
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