“Billy Gilmour rejected my advice”

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Former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has claimed Billy Gilmour rejected his advice to remain at Rangers and shun a move to Chelsea as a 15 year old.

“I remember meeting him when he came along to Scotland training,” Strachan told Goal, speaking at Betfair’s Euro 2020 launch. “Everyone was asking me to have a word with him to keep him in Scotland. I had that talk and it didn’t work!

“I remember meeting him at Hampden as well and he was just a small, skinny wee lad, but he was determined to follow his own path, not what coaches were telling him. He was like at 15, right I am off to Chelsea.

“It can be scary. I had a chance to join Manchester United as a young boy and I joined Dundee at 16. Luckily, I got the chance again as a man. If you look at it, you can get to the top in many different ways. It is up to you how you go about it.

“There will be hurdles but you smash you way through it. Look at all these players like Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Andy Robertson and John McGinn, they all had different problems in their life but made it.

“Kane did it on loan, or be like Phil Foden and stay and watch the great players. He has become a brilliant footballer himself. There’s not a set way to get to the top.”

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