Scotland international Callum McGregor has talked up Billy Gilmour to Scotland’s senior squad and believes it would help their chances.
The 18-year-old excited the crowds with his displays in Chelsea’s last two games against Liverpool and Everton, where he earned back-to-back man-of-the-match accolades.
Gilmour was tipped to get the Scotland senior squad call-up for the Euro play-off semi-final against Israel in March before the pandemic forced UEFA to suspend games and ultimately delay the European Championship finals to 2021.
Scotland midfielder McGregor said he has been keeping a close eye on Gilmour and thinks the teenager’s addition to the national team would benefit them in the future.
He told Herald Scotland: “Billy has been outstanding since coming on the scene. I watched the Chelsea games he played and looks a really good, technical footballer.
“He always plays forward and shows really good game intelligence for someone so young.
“It’s great for Scotland to be producing players who can go and play in the Premier League at 18.
“It can only benefit the squad and the country in the future.”
Although he recognises the current midfield talents in Scotland’s senior squad, McGregor believes Gilmour would be a great option for manager Steve Clarke.
He said: “Billy is another midfielder to add to the Scotland mix and we do have a lot of strength in that area.
“We have a massive amount of talent in the midfield area and it’s all about finding that right balance.”
At the moment, Clarke has the likes of Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie, John Fleck, Ryan Jack, Kenny McLean, John McGinn, McGregor and Scott McTominay, all competing for the midfield slots.