Gordon Strachan, a former Scotland manager, claims that a teenage Billy Gilmour ignored his professional advice to stay in Scotland before deciding to join Chelsea.

Chelsea beat over a slew of superclubs to recruit Gilmour before his 16th birthday in 2017 by providing him a road to the first team, according to Goal. Although the midfielder, who is still just 19, has recently made his Scotland debut and has established himself as a senior figure at his club, Strachan confesses that when he first met Gilmour, he advised him to stay at Rangers.

Strachan told Goal at Betfair’s Euro 2020 presentation, “I recall meeting him when he came up to Scotland training.” “Everyone was pleading with me to speak with him and keep him in Scotland.” That conversation didn’t go well!

“I remember seeing him at Hampden as well, and he was just a little, scrawny tiny guy who was determined to follow his route rather than the coaches’.” He was like, “At 15, I’m going to Chelsea.”

“It may be frightening. As a young lad, I had the opportunity to join Manchester United, and at the age of 16, I joined Dundee. Fortunately, as a man, I was given another opportunity. You can go to the top in a variety of ways, depending on how you look at it. It is entirely up to you how you go about doing so.

“There will be challenges, but you will overcome them.” Take a look at athletes like Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Andy Robertson, and John McGinn, who have all overcome adversity in their lives.

“Be like Kane and remain and see the best players, or be like Phil Foden and remain and see the great players.” He has developed into a fantastic football player. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to getting to the top.”

Despite winning a Champions League medal after the season, Thomas Tuchel’s intriguing young midfielder will be hoping for more next season.

In January, Gilmour pondered a loan transfer to join Steve Clarke’s team for the European Championships, but Tuchel decided to keep him despite a Southampton offers. Due to injuries to N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, he played more games at the close of the season.

His abilities have not gone ignored by his opponents, who include England, the Czech Republic, and Croatia in his Euros group.


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