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‘A special talent’ – Andy Robertson hails ‘unbelievable’ Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour


Gilmour has shown glimpses of his class on multiple occasions for the Blues (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has lavished praise on Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign.

The 19-year-old burst onto the scene in the 2019/20 season with a string of impressive displays under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

A knee injury ruled him out of action for four months last year, and since his return in November, he has struggled to establish himself in the first team.

Gilmour has had to be patient with regards to playing time under Tuchel (Picture: Getty Images)

Although Gilmour has made just three Premier League appearances since Thomas Tuchel took over as Blues boss at the end of January, he has managed to earn himself a first senior Scotland call-up for the delayed Euros this summer.

Having gone up against the teenager for Liverpool, Scotland captain Robertson is fully aware of the talent Gilmour possesses and feels has a ‘huge future’ ahead of him.

‘I’ve played against Billy a couple of times and I’ve spoken to him,’ Robertson told PLZ Soccer. ‘He’s a confident lad and an unbelievable footballer.

‘I played in one of his first starts when Chelsea played Liverpool in the FA Cup, when they beat us and he got man of the match.

‘I remember going up to him after the game and thinking, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll be in the Scotland squad before too long’.

‘I know a few of the Chelsea boys and they say his attitude is spot on.

‘He puts everything into training and when he gets his chance he never disappoints.

‘Even at the age he is, the Chelsea manager trusts him in big games and to do that you’re doing something right.

‘Billy’s a special talent and it’s about using that talent to keep level-headed — and according to the people close to him there is no doubt about that.

‘He’ll have a huge future and a huge career in the game and I’m excited to see him grow.’

Gilmour has the opportunity to claim Europe’s elite prize, the Champions League, when Chelsea take on Manchester City in Saturday’s final.

When quizzed on who will emerge victorious in Porto on Saturday, Robertson admitted he can’t see past City if they perform at the same level they have been for the majority of the season.

‘It’s a tough one,’ he added. ‘Man City have been incredible this season in a tough season with no fans, special circumstances. They got off to a slow start and then they just hit in gear and nobody could catch them. They’ve been a different level and I think if they perform on the level they have done, so consistently this season then I can’t see by them.

‘But Chelsea under Tuchel have been a different animal, they’ve been a different team. They’ve got a different mindset, set up. The two games they’ve played against City [under Tuchel] they’ve won so they’ll be full of confidence as well.

‘I’d love to see Billy [Gilmour] winning the Champions League, to be the next Scot to win it, so hopefully he has a good day and wins it. But I do think if Man City do perform at the level they can do I can’t see by them this time.’


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