Billy Gilmour has had a fast rise to prominence at Chelsea – but it was facing off against a fellow Scot at Manchester United that handed him his hardest assignment yet.

The teenager is fighting for a place in Thomas Tuchel’s immediate Chelsea plans following 11 appearances in a breakthrough campaign under Frank Lampard last term. He is one of several Scottish senior and youth internationals in the Premier League, including one at Manchester United.

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A tough shift for the Chelsea kid. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

That midfielder is of course Scott McTominay, who has turned into a brilliant centre-back for Steve Clarke on the international scene. Gilmour faced up against him on the domestic scene during Carabao Cup action in 2019 and the Chelsea kid says it was a challenge.

He said: “It was against Manchester United, actually. It was Scott McTominay. I know he’s fellow Scottish and all that but he was so good, quick, strong and technically good. So, I think it was tough playing against him.

 

“He played really good, He was stopping everything in midfield and controlling the game.”

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Bridge battle. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Now looking to build on two Premier League appearances this term, Scotland prospect Gilmour says the pace is the big difference at senior level: “It’s more the physical side of things and it’s obviously quicker.

“But you get used to it quiet quick as the Premier League 2 is a fast league as well, there are great young players there, it was always tough games. Coming into the first-team is no different. The games are still hard, the matches are a lot quicker and it’s more physical.”

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