Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour has been praised by fans far and wide after Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel handed him a rare Premier League start.

A 2-0 win over Fulham courtesy of goals from Kai Havertz allowed Gilmour vital minutes ahead of Euro 2020 this summer, with Scotland manager Steve Clarke allowed to pick 26 players for his Scots squad. Tuchel has previously urged Clarke to pick Gilmour despite his lack of minutes for Chelsea.

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Chelsea won with Billy Gilmour involved. (Photo by Ian Walton – Pool/Getty Images)

While perhaps lacking in some of the physical aspects of the game – as to be expected at 19 years of age – Gilmour’s technical ability shone as he was almost given the sole role of controlling the Chelsea midfield alongside the more attacking Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech.

Gilmour burst onto the scene under Frank Lampard last season but after the former Chelsea manager’s departure, Tuchel has restricted him to FA Cup appearances and cameos, although he has regularly been on the Premier League benches. The German will no doubt be impressed after handing the Scots teen a first league start of the season.

Fans have descended upon social media to praise the Scotland talent, but most are aware there’s much more to come from the talent who will no doubt be eager to make Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad. Not including regular picks in the squad, he will need to beat the likes of David Turnbull and Ryan Gauld to reach Clarke’s coveted 26-man team.

 

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