Billy Gilmour will come ‘under scrutiny’ ahead of next month’s Scotland matches- as the Chelsea kid could be considered for a call-up says Sir Kenny Dalglish.
Gilmour has come on in leaps and bounds this year, recently receiving a promotion to Chelsea’s first-team full-time recently.
Now Scottish football legend Dalglish has had his say. The Liverpool icon believes that Gilmour will give Scotland boss Steve Clarke some serious thinking to do ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 play-off match with Israel.
He wrote in his Sunday Post column (sport, page 11, 16/02/19): “Frank and his coaching staff have identified the young Scots’ talent, and they have been nurturing it in the right way. For that, the Blues’ staff deserve plenty of credit. Now Billy is in the first-team dressing room every day, and he can only benefit from being beside these guys all the time.
“Steve Clarke will also be delighted. This is the kind of news he needs to hear. I have no idea if Steve will include Billy in the Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 play-off against Israel next month. That will be down to Steve and his staff to assess every player available to him and take it from there. But Steve will get full insight into Billy as he is a former Chelsea player and also coached Frank Lampard.
I’m sure if Steve thinks young Gilmour can be an asset to the squad, then he will be included. Age will not be a barrier. It comes down to ability and mentality. It’s getting to that stage where Billy and every Scottish player will be under scrutiny in the build-up to that crucial game at Hampden on March 26.”
A decision to ponder
With Gilmour now officially a senior Premier League midfielder, it’ll be another option Clarke may fully consider for selection next month.
He said last year that Gilmour wasn’t as close to a senior call-up as some thought, but much has changed since then. Gilmour’s played more senior minutes and is now one of the brightest prospects at one of the world’s biggest clubs.
That being said, if everyone is fit, Clarke has many high calibre options in that position. Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Stuart Armstrong, John Fleck and Kenny McLean are just some of the names that could be at his disposal.
With recent developments though, Gilmour may just have an outside chance for selection as Scotland aim to qualify for their first major tournament since 1998.