QPR boss sees world-class potential in Gilmour

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Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Warburton is pleased with Billy Gilmour’s progress at Chelsea and believes that the young midfielder has the potential to become world-class.

Mark Warburton knew Gilmour from his time at Rangers and tried to persuade 15-year-old Billy Gilmour to stay at Ibrox instead of leaving for Chelsea back in 2017, but to no effect.

Warburton has now admitted that he’s pleased with the progress of Gilmour and that the young midfielder can further develop under the guidance of Blues boss Frank Lampard and assistant Jody Morris.

“David Weir and I went to his house to try and keep him for Rangers,” the 57-year-old told the Daily Mail. “We spent time with his mum and dad, but when the big boys come calling, it’s tough.

“His talent was unquestioned. I remember he played against what was a Dundee reserve side with a number of first-team players in it. I’m looking at Billy who was 15 and thinking there is a health-and-safety issue here because he was so slight. But he went out and absolutely ran the show.

“He had trained with us a couple of times in the first team and I am really pleased to see how he is doing now. What a talent. I think Scotland have a future world-class midfield player, I really do.

“I think he is going to keep on improving because he is in a great environment with Frank and Jody and the players at Chelsea. I very much hope he can continue that progress because, if so, Scotland truly will have a world-class midfield player there.”

After going through the youth ranks at Rangers, Gilmour joined Chelsea in 2017 and has been with the youth team. However, he has been gradually introduced to the first team, and put in some man of the match displays against Liverpool and Everton before the league was suspended.

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