Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he was ‘already convinced’ about Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour’s qualities after handing him a first Premier League start of the season.

The 19-year-old impressed in a 2-0 Chelsea win in the Premier League, a boost for Gilmour’s chances of making Euro 2020 with Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad. Tuchel has previously asked the Scotland manager to play him on the international scene, despite a lack of minute on the domestic front.

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He knew what he was getting when starting Gilmour for the first time this season in the league, the Chelsea manager previously restricting him to cup football: “Very, very good. He’s a confident guy, he’s well aware of his qualities, which is good.

“It was not necessary for him to convince me because I’m already convinced, otherwise I would not have picked him for the line-up. So it was necessary that he plays his part, that he helps the team, and this is what he did. I’m happy for him.”

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