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Former Chelsea star makes claim about Billy Gilmour’s future following Rangers interest

Former Chelsea and Rangers star Brian Laudrup says that would be “no better place” for Billy Gilmour to flourish than at Ibrox.

The midfielder was linked with a loan move to Rangers before the end of the January transfer window with a lack of game time this season at Stamford Bridge.

The midfielder has already shown the talent he has in fleeting glimpses under Frank Lampard’s tutelage, and Thomas Tuchel elected to keep the 19-year-old at Chelsea shortly after he replaced Lampard as manager.

Gilmour was a part of the Chelsea squad for the first time under Tuchel in the trip to face Sheffield United, though he did not get onto the pitch in the win against Chris Wilder’s side.

Laudrup says that Gilmour will be a “very interesting” proposition for Scotland at the rearranged Euro 2020 tournament if he can get some game time at Chelsea, but says a loan move might be the best solution in the summer if he fails to find much first-team action.

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“If he can get a number of games at Chelsea and show [Thomas] Tuchel he is definitely capable of playing in his team, he then becomes very interesting for Scotland ahead of the Euros,” Laudrup told the Scottish Daily Mail.

“He’s got the talent, for sure, to succeed at international level, but you have to grow first as a player and a person with your club. I read that he would have been interested in a loan before the window closed to improve his chances of making Steve Clarke’s squad.

“The fact Chelsea kept him is a show of faith on their part, but if he doesn’t play much this season, then a temporary move might be best for all parties in the summer.

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“Would a return to Rangers be suitable then? I know Steven Gerrard denied they were looking to take Gilmour on loan last month, when he described him as ‘a fabulous little player’.

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