Scotland head coach Steve Clarke says the nation can’t put ‘too much pressure’ on Chelsea and Norwich City midfielder Billy Gilmour.

The 20-year-old made his second start for Scotland during Wednesday’s defeat to Denmark and is a likely starter against Moldova in World Cup 2022 qualifying tonight at Hampden. Gilmour is currently on loan at English Premier League side Norwich City from Chelsea and a first bow at Hampden could await.


The Chelsea and Norwich City man is Scotland’s brightest prospect. (Photo by MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

But Clarke says it’s important not to put too much on the midfielder: “If Billy plays he has a great chance to show the Tartan Army what he is all about. But I think they already know that. Most of them will have watched the game against England at Wembley in the summer and, again the other night in Denmark.

“Once we found our level he got on the ball and did really well. Listen we keep talking about him and he is a big prospect but let’s not put too much pressure on young shoulders. Let’s look for some of the senior boys to turn up as well and make sure that the performance is good.”

Clarke’s side are on five points from four games in qualification Group F and victories over Moldova and Austria before the end of the international break will be key if Scotland are to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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