Lewis Ferguson says it’s been a joy to watch Billy Gilmour’s rise at Chelsea.

The Aberdeen star has played with Gilmour at Scotland U21s level. He’s enjoyed a brilliant rise to mainstream headlines pre-football shutdown with Man of the Match displays against Liverpool and Everton.

Billy Gilmour has enjoyed a remarkable rise. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Gilmour’s Aberdeen pal is thrilled for him. Ferguson says that the Chelsea kid can become an inspiration for aspiring Scottish footballers.

“I’m delighted for Billy to see him doing so well at Chelsea,” Gilmour told the Scottish Sun. “We were both at Rangers, albeit he was a few years below me, but I knew him. We went our separate ways before coming back together with Scotland.

“He has gone to Chelsea and it has proved to be a great move for him. He has kicked on massively since he has gone there. When I watched him against Liverpool and Everton he was bossing the midfield and I was laughing to myself thinking, ‘That is just wee daft Billy’.

They are Scotland compatriots. (Photo by Cees van Hoogdalem/Soccrates/Getty Images)

“When we are with Scotland he is this funny wee guy who gets along with everyone, then you turn on the TV and see him dominating games in the biggest league in the world. I am sure boys of 13, 14 and 15 will be looking up to Billy now and thinking they can do what he has.

“Billy has put in the hard work and dedicated himself to being the best he can be — and he is getting his reward. It is good for young Scottish boys to be watching a guy like him up against the best players in the world.”

Reaching new heights

There have been few Scottish footballers who have displayed as much potential as Gilmour has by 18. Not only that, but doing so at a big club like Chelsea.

Gilmour is on course to becoming a global star. (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

His future in the game is clearly bright and once football’s back, we’ll see Gilmour continue his rise up the footballing ladder.

It seems as if his Scotland U21s teammate has plenty of kind words for him.

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