Scotland coach explains Billy Gilmour's senior squad omission

Scotland coach Steven Raid hailed Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour and explained the midfield situation in Scotland’s senior team.

The 18-year-old made headlines with back-to-back brilliant performances against Liverpool and Everton for Chelsea. Gilmour was named man of the match on both occasions.

It led to calls for the young midfielder to be included in the senior squad for the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel on March 26.

But the senior call-up looks unlikely for Gilmour as he was named in the Scotland U21 squad this week.

Speaking to the Beautiful Game Podcast, Scotland coach Steven Raid was awestruck by Gilmour’s confidence on the ball and said it would be impossible for the Scotland manager Steve Clarke to overlook his talent if he continues in this form.

Raid said: “Billy is definitely a player with a bright future, that’s for sure. To play the way he has, against that level of opponent, is incredible.

“Not only was there confidence in himself to perform, but you could other Chelsea players wanting to give him the ball.

“Sometimes with younger players, there might be a reluctance to trust them with the ball but at every opportunity he was on the ball, looking to play forward and be positive.

“If he carries on playing like that then obviously you can’t ignore it. He’s a top young player.

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Raid then added: “But that’s a position we are really strong in at the minute. We are blessed with really good midfielders and hopefully, everyone is going to click in time for the Israel game.”

Scotland already have the likes of John McGinn, Stuart Armstrong, Scott McTominay, Callum McGregor and John Fleck in the senior team’s midfield department.

At the age of only 18, Gilmour will have plenty of time to claim a role in the senior squad. But for now, he has to make an argument on why he deserves the senior call-up by showing it on the pitch regularly.

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