Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour must show he is ready for the Scotland senior side before he is considered for it says U21s boss Scott Gemmill.
After making his Stamford Bridge debut this season, Gilmour was a potential candidate for the senior Scots squad.
Steve Clarke opted against it, although he did recognise that Gilmour is an ‘exceptional talent.’
Scotland U21s boss Gemmill says that he enjoys working with the Chelsea kid but he needs to prove that he can handle the pressure.
Gemmill told the Daily Record: “He is obviously improving all the time. “If you train and play with better players then it raises your game, but the thing with Billy is if you speak to anyone who has worked with him, they are equally impressed with him off the pitch as well as on it.
“He needs to continue to show he can handle it, and that his performances continue to improve. He’s obviously playing for a great club, his manager’s got confidence in him, everything is there – but we’ve got a big responsibility to help him.
Gilmour wouldn’t benefit from early Scotland cap
It isn’t the worst thing that Gilmour isn’t being called upon by Clarke. At just 18, the best years are ahead of him and a call-up at this stage would perhaps be detrimental.
Gilmour’s only just joined up with Chelsea senior side. It is important not to pile him with pressure all at once, so perhaps staging his career milestones will allow him to process everything quicker.
The Scotland U21s are the side he will be with this week though. Chelsea’s young midfielder will take on Lithuania at Tynecastle tomorrow before a match against Czech Republic.
For now, Gilmour needs to continue excelling at club and international youth level to be considered for a Scotland berth.