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Frank Lampard may have been long gone from Chelsea following his sack in January, but his legacy for sure remains.
The former Chelsea manager created a pathway for youth to get into the first team, and Blues youngster Billy Gilmour was one of those to have benefitted.
Lampard gave Gilmour an opportunity into the Chelsea team at age 18, and he has been a part of the first team squad ever since.
The recently turned 20-year-old got his first start for Scotland in the European Championship, as Scotland boss Steve Clarke entrusted him with a deep lying playmaker role in a huge game against England.
Gilmour seemed ready for the occasion and impressed in the game. He ended up winning the man of the match award for how he excelled and dominated the middle of the park.
Lampard was full of praise for his former player for such an excellent showing.
In response to a post praising Gilmour on Instagram, Lampard simply replied: “Top top player.”
Speaking after the match, Scotland manager Steve Clarke praised Gilmour for his performance.
“I don’t think there is any risk when you have somebody of Billy Gilmour’s talent. When you put him on the pitch you expect him to do what he did,” said Clarke.
“He held the ball for us and allowed us to play through the midfield. I didn’t think it was a risk for the balance of the rest of the team.
“We were ready to support Billy in his role and I think we did that.
“Everyone has praised Billy but we need to look at the team performance. There are a lot of good people around and that supported Billy.
“It was great to see him get through 70 odd minutes on his first start.
“I have said for the last year that Billy will be a big part of the future of Scotland.
“We will try to take care of him and make sure he is a big player in the future.”