Mourinho makes case for Billy Gilmour

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Scotland boss Steve Clarke has opted against giving much playing time to Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour in the European Championship.

The 20-year-old was left on the bench as the Scots were beaten 2-0 by Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2020 clash.

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has backed Gilmour to provide a spark for Scotland in the middle of the park if he’s given the opportunity.

“For Scotland, I was surprised how they were really struggling to build their game, to play from the back and reach the midfield against the Czech Republic,” Mourinho wrote for The Times.

“I would ask if Billy Gilmour can’t give them a little bit of that.

“He would be isolated from the physical aspect of the team but he would give them what they need which is someone who really wants to play, to move, to get the ball.

“Spain trusted in Pedri, aged just 18, and all the play came through him. I ask if Scotland can look for something similar from Gilmour.”

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