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Last season ended on a terrible note for Billy Gilmour, who was steadily winning a place in Frank Lampard’s team.
However, his progress was stalled by a knee injury that kept him out of action for four months.
Gilmour, 19, has now recovered from his injury, and was called up to the Scotland U21s for the international break.
Surprisingly, in what was his first competitive game since recovering from injury, Gilmour was shown a red card in Scotland Under-21s’ 2-2 draw with Croatia on Thursday.
Gilmour was brought on as a 63rd minute substitute, with Scotland 2-1 down to Croatia and the Chelsea man controlled the game at the heart of midfield. Scotland eventually pulled level through Connor McLennan in the 70th minute but just 70 seconds later, Gilmour got a harsh red card from Italian referee Michael Fabri .
Gilmour had gone shoulder to shoulder with Darko Nejasmic, in what seemed like a fair challenge, but Fabri gave a foul in Croatia’s favour, much to the annoyance of Gilmour, who was then called back by Fabri and shown a red card.