'4/10', 'Short of confidence': National media criticise Chelsea 20-year-old's display for his country last night
Billy Gilmour’s Scotland suffered heartache last night in their World Cup qualifier, which resulted in the Chelsea youngster receiving a harsh match rating in the national media for his performance.
Scotland’s World Cup dreams are over for another tournament after losing 3-1 at home to Ukraine on Wednesday.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk and Artem Dovbyk were all on the scoresheet for visitors Ukraine on what felt like a very emotional night.
They’ll now face Wales this Sunday in a qualifying final, with the winners of this weekend’s contest entering the World Cup group stages in Qatar to join a group consisting of England, Iran and the United States.
Billy Gilmour’s Scotland performance
Gilmour, who’s a regular for his country, started during Scotland’s huge match on Wednesday evening.
Unfortunately, the 20-year-old central midfielder was unable to dictate the game in a way he’s done in the past.
In fact, Scotland were second best to opponents Ukraine for the majority of the 90 minutes.
National media The Scotsman weren’t too kind in their player ratings from the Scotland defeat, which includes giving Chelsea talent Gilmour a 4/10 match score.
“Young midfielder looked short of confidence and fitness. Unable to pierce Ukraine’s lines and misplaced too many passes. Came off for [Stuart] Armstrong. 4,” The Scotsman wrote.
Gilmour’s still in the very infancy of his career, but he’ll have to show a lot of character to get over a hurdle he’s facing.
The midfielder has finished an underwhelming season-long loan with Norwich City, which eventually ended up in relegation.
For Gilmour, he needs to shut out the noise around him if he can.
The Chelsea player needs to try make a good impression when he returns to the Blues for pre-season and try get back to what put his name on the map.
It’s far too early for people to give up on him, though.