Jim White shares text Chelsea's Billy Gilmour sent him after news he'll miss tonight's Scotland game - The Chelsea Chronicle

Jim White shares text Chelsea's Billy Gilmour sent him after news he'll miss tonight's Scotland game

TalkSPORT presenter Jim White said he and Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour had been chatting before Scotland’s next European Championship match.

Steve Clarke’s side take on Croatia at Hampden Park tonight in a huge fixture for both countries.

A win for either side could seal their place in the knockout round; taste defeat and they can wave goodbye to the competition.

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Unfortunately for Scotland, they must now try and cope without their mini maestro.

Gilmour tested positive for covid yesterday, meaning he will have to isolate for a period of ten days.

Of course, this could keep him out for his nations next game, permitted they get through the group stage.

Despite the disappointing situation, White revealed the positive conversation he enjoyed with Chelsea’s talented midfielder.  

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 He said: “I was in touch with Billy Gilmour last night, we were texting each other.”

“He says ‘I’m gutted but it’s time to shout on the boys against Croatia’.”

The news of Gilmour’s exclusion comes just days after his man of the match display against England.

It truly was a terrific performance from the 20-year-old, who was making his first senior international start for Scotland.

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Under the Wembley arch and in the London rain, he shone among his experienced peers.

That is becoming a regularity whenever Gilmour steps onto a football pitch.

Clarke and his Tartan Army will hope to do right by their shining star and beat Croatia later today.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."