Scotland manager Steve Clarke has given Chelsea talent Billy Gilmour some words of encouragement after his omission from the latest national team squad.

The teenager is awaiting his first call-up to the senior side after starring for the U21s and breaking into the Chelsea first-team last season under Frank Lampard. But things have been tougher for him this season as Thomas Tuchel takes over as Blues manager, Scotland returning to action this week in World Cup qualifying.

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Tuchel is Gilmour’s boss. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

After recovering from a torn meniscus and Lampard’s exit, Gilmour has yet to feature in the Premier League for Tuchel, although he did impress from the start in Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield United.

The Chelsea manager refused to let him go out on loan in the winter window, Gilmour believed to be keen for regular minutes to boost his chances of going to Euro 2020 with Scotland this summer. Tuchel has also urged Clarke to pick Gilmour for national team squads, despite a lack of regular starts at Stamford Bridge.


But Clarke says Gilmour has time on his side as he opts not to pick him for this month’s matches (Evening Times): “Without being inside the club it’s difficult to know. Yes, Billy has not featured much recently, but he is obviously back after a serious knee injury that kept him out for five months.

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Bide your time. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

“It takes a bit of time to get back to your level. I saw him play in the FA Cup game against Barnsley and I thought he played quite well. He is a good prospect, Billy, but he is only 19 years of age.

“He has 15 years in front of him so he has plenty of time to push his way into the Scotland national team. I know he has a great attitude and he is very highly thought of at Chelsea.”

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