Scotland prospect Billy Gilmour says that his recent breakthrough into the Chelsea first-team still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
The 18-year-old was handed two starts by Frank Lampard this week against Liverpool and Everton as the Scotland youngster looked to make further impressions on his domestic boss.
He only went and grabbed two Man of the Match awards as the Scotland prospect stole football headlines everywhere. It’s been a remarkable week for him and one that’s hard to fully comprehend.
“It’s a bit surreal still,” Gilmour told Chelsea TV. “This is something I’ve been dreaming about and when I go out there, I need to do something different to keep my place in the team.
“If you don’t have that confidence you aren’t going to play well but I loved it. It’s some buzz, today I could hear the fans singing. You don’t know whether to laugh or smile!
“But it’s brilliant. For young players coming here it’s massive when the fans are totally up for it.”
How far can he go?
Scotland will announce their squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Israel and potentially either Norway or Serbia very soon.
If Gilmour isn’t included in Scott Gemmill’s U21s team tomorrow, logic would suggest he’s in with a shout of making Steve Clarke’s senior side. His two performances against Merseyside opposition certainly suggest he’s ready for that step.
A new test will await Gilmour now, that being dealing with the intense hype that has come with two breathtaking performances. His talent is there for all to see but managing expectation will be key.
The early signs certainly indicate Gilmour could be a special, special player for club and country.