Former Scotland international Pat Nevin believes Chelsea and Norwich City midfielder Billy Gilmour has to play ‘the Jorginho position’ for Scotland.

Norwich City’s Chelsea loanee started for Scotland on Wednesday during Denmark’s 2-0 win over Steve Clarke’s team. Gilmour struggled in the first half but when Clarke moved him into the number six position for the second 45 minutes, he was one of the best players in blue. Playing the role his Chelsea teammate operates in suits Gilmour.


The Chelsea and Norwich City man shone in the number six role. (Photo by MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Nevin explained (BBC): “Billy plays in the Jorginho position – he sits in front of the defence and he controls it. It is like clockwork the way he passes it and moves it about. In the first half, the team wasn’t playing particularly well at all, and he wasn’t playing in the position that suits him.

“Breaking forward from midfield is not Billy’s game. Billy’s game is controlling from a deeper area. Yes, he will break forward sometimes, but when he dropped back in that area we got more control of the game.”

Scotland face Moldova on Saturday at Hampden, currently on five points from four games in World Cup 2022 qualification Group F. Victories over Moldova and Austria next week are crucial if the national team is to make to the World Cup in Qatar next week.

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