Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay believes Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour will become ‘the player of the next generation’.

The 18-year-old announced himself last week with brilliant performances against Liverpool in the FA Cup and then Everton in the Premier League.

What a week for Gilmour (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images )

The midfielder started both games, and ran the show from a holding position in both affairs.

Gilmour looks ready to make an impact for the Blues’ first-team now going forwards after making his debut as a substitute against Sheffield United back in August.

He’s a young man everyone seems to be talking about, and Mackay has now weighed in with his opinion.

He told BBC Sport: “I have not seen someone like him for years.

Mckay is the latest to rave over Gilmour (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“There is talent here but with top players talent has to be matched up with those two or three things that make top players what they are and that comes down to sacrifice, dedication and hard work and single-minded focus to just be a footballer.

“He is a flag bearer for that and that is what is setting him apart.”

Many have been touting him for the Scotland seniors, but it appears he is on course to receive another U21s call-up first.

Gilmour’s Scotland bow inevitable

Gilmour is set to join up with the Scotland U21s, although he will apparently still be considered by Steve Clarke for the upcoming play-off against Israel.

Gilmour’s senior Scotland bow feels inevitable (Photo by Visionhaus)

Having already played 12 times for the U21s, it feels inevitable that Gilmour will soon step up for his senior international debut now that he is impressing in the Chelsea first-team.

Whether he gets that call ahead of a huge game against Israel remains to be seen.

His remarkable poise and technical ability for one still so young really sets him apart, and it is surely only a matter of time before the talented maestro features for the Tartan Army.

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