Chelsea slumped to another defeat – but Billy Gilmour was able to hold his head high after another solid cameo from the Scotland starlet.

The teenage midfielder has been on the comeback trail this term after a torn meniscus at the end of last term. It came off the back of a brilliant Chelsea breakthrough where he made 11 appearances in the 2019/20 season.

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Gilmour was able to show his potential at Stamford Bridge but it didn’t go his side’s way in the end. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

His comeback began for the Scotland U21s before appearances for the Chelsea youth sides, Champions League appearances against Krasnodar and Sevilla coming next. The most high-profile cameo came on Sunday.

Gilmour appeared from the bench after an hour to provide some light in an otherwise dark performance, three first half goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne sealing a 3-1 Manchester City win.

Replacing N’Golo Kante after 64 minutes, Gilmour showed plenty of composure and skill up against world-class opposition. Now Chelsea are on a run of one win in seven, perhaps the Scotland teenager will be given a chance from the start in coming matches.

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Excelled in London despite another bad Blues defeat. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

It has been reported that Gilmour wants to play regular minutes in order to boost his chances of going to Euro 2020 with Scotland in the summer, a potential loan move mooted for him.

But on the basis of this display, the Scotland starlet is more than capable of handing himself at Chelsea. Fans of the Stamford Bridge club were certainly pleased with Gilmour’s performance.

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