Read what Scotland boss has to say after Gilmour’s man of the match performance

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Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour got his first start in the European Championship as Steve Clarke gave him a rare international start in a major game against England.

The recently turned 20-year-old showed his stuff in the middle of the park as he dictated play from deep and helped Scotland earn a priceless point against the Three Lions.

Gilmour ended up winning the man of the match as he continued his brilliance in the middle of the park.

According to stats by Squakwa, Gilmour made more recoveries than any player on the pitch and made the most passes in the Scottish team.

With 8 recoveries, 2 tackles and 40 completed passes out of 44 attempted, Gilmour got a debut to remember.

Speaking after the game, Scotland boss Steve Clarke was full of praise for the youngster’s performance and backed him to be the future of Scottish football.

Clarke said: “I don’t think there is any element of risk when you have a player of Billy Gilmour’s talent, when you put him on the pitch you expect him to do what he did which was to get a hold of the ball for us, make us play through the midfield. So I didn’t feel it was a risk.

“Obviously the balance or the rest of the team has got to be right to support Billy and I think we got that right tonight.

“I think you have to look at the team performance as well, a lot of players supported him getting through 75 minutes of his first start

“I thought Stephen O’Donnell was exceptional and Billy was just behind him. It was nice for Billy to get that start, a big platform, a big stage, a big player. I have said for a long time that he will be part of the future of Scottish football.

“We know what we have got in camp, we try to manage him properly, keep a lid on things and performances like that will do him no harm whatsoever.”

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