Pat Nevin confessed to having a repeated word in the ear of Steve Clarke to select Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour for Scotland international duty, speaking to Football London.

Scotland have three World Cup qualifiers coming up this month before they set sail for the European Championships this summer.

Gilmour will hope to be part of the team that are taking on a major tournament for the first time in over two decades.

Chelsea v Sheffield United: Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 21: Billy Gilmour of Chelsea during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Chelsea and Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on March 21, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, the young Chelsea star’s dreams took a denting after he was left out by Clarke for this round of national fixtures.  

This might have been expected considering the minimal amount of game time he’s been afforded with the Blues.

Nevin will have been as disappointed as any to see Gilmour’s exclusion, especially after expressing how he spoke to Clarke about the midfielder’s inclusion.  

The Chelsea legend said: “Stevie Clarke is a great mate of mine and I have hassled him relentlessly, telling him that he needs to have Billy in the squad.

“Scotland do have quite a strong midfield with the likes of [John] McGinn and [Scott] McTominay but Billy has the quality for that level.

“He is good enough no doubt, but Clarkey is the manager, not me.

“Eventually, Billy will be in the Scotland squad, I’ve no doubts about that because of his quality. But he does have to be playing regularly.”

Barnsley v Chelsea: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Billy Gilmour of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Barnsley and Chelsea at Oakwell Stadium on February 11, 2021 in Barnsley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The 19-year-old has only made eight senior appearances for Chelsea this season.

Half of those have come in the FA Cup, all against lower league or lesser opposition.

It isn’t easy for any young star to break into the Blues side, as is the strength in depth they have in each position. Particularly in central midfield, where Gilmour likes to operate.

N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are all elite level players who would probably get into most top clubs in Europe.

Chelsea Training and Press Conference
COBHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Billy Gilmour and N’Golo Kante of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on January 1, 2021 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

It’s not an easy group to try and break into, which is the task that Gilmour must try overcome.

His Euros dreams may be fading away, but the future is still bright for Chelsea’s Flying Scotsman.

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