The whizzkid has been voted one of Scotland’s best talents they have produced in 20 years, writes Sam May.
Outstanding attacking midfield prospect Gilmour, could soon become the youngest Ger in history and make his debut, after excelling for his age and being promoted to the first team by caretaker boss Graeme Murty.
At 15 years and 246 days, he could go on to overtake the 34-year record set by Derek Ferguson, who made his debut against Queen of the South in 1983 aged 16 years and 24 days. Ferguson went onto make over 100 appearances for the light blues and became a full Scotland international.
Murty managed Gilmour when he was in charge of the Rangers’ under-20 squad, before stepping in to fill the void left by former boss Mark Warburton. The teenager has risen to prominence this season, after a number of sparkling displays.
Having flourished in the development squad previously, Gilmour is already causing a stir and has been likened to Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere who were of a similar mould at his age. Shining for Scotland in the Victory Shield tournament at the Oriam in Edinburgh last year, the spotlight has been on the Ayrshire boy ever since.
His close control and dribbling skills, means he is able to turn and leave defenders who fail to mark him closely. Playing predominately as a No.10, he has the attributes to play in any midfield position to supplement the strikers. Add his pace and strength, and you are able to see why scouts across the world have been keeping a close eye on the highly-rated teen sensation.
Scottish football is continuing to turn out talent, and Gilmour’s rise proves the production line is continuing. Perhaps Premier League teams should now start re-looking at this stream, rather than continuing to pay over the odds for mediocre foreign players.
It is understood Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are all interested in his signature, but his parents are said to be keen on him remaining at the Ibrox club, to continue his development. Chelsea and Arsenal are battling to secure the services of the highly-rated teen who is tipped for the top, showing him around their training facilities in London, last weekend.
However, you only have to look at Scotland international Islam Feruz, who made the move from Rangers’ rivals Celtic to Chelsea five years ago, and failed to make an impact with the Stamford Bridge side. This is clearly a warning, not a selling point.