QPR manager labels Billy Gilmour 'future world-class player' after 7-1 friendly defeat

QPR manager Mark Warburton believes Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has an ideal environment to become a world-class midfielder under Frank Lampard.

The 19-year-old bagged two goals when Chelsea trashed the Championship side 7-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

QPR boss Warburton who also coached Gilmour at Rangers believes the teenager has the potential to be an elite midfielder at Chelsea.

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He told the Daily Mail: “What a talent. I think Scotland have a future world-class midfield player, I really do.


“I think he is going to keep on improving because he is in a great environment with Frank (Lampard) and Jody (Morris, assistant manager) and the players at Chelsea.

“I very much hope he can continue that progress because, if so, Scotland truly will have a world-class midfield player there.”

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Warburton then told the story of how he visited Gilmour’s house to convince him to stay at Rangers prior to his transfer to Chelsea in summer 2017.

“We spent time with his mum and dad, but when the big boys come calling, it’s tough,” he added.

He also compares Gilmour with West Ham’s Jack Wilshere saying they both were way ahead of their age-group talent-wise.

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“Billy Gilmour is right up there with him. Jack has been unlucky in terms of being hit by injuries, but Billy is in a great environment.

“If you love the game of football, his development is great to see. It really is.”

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