On-loan Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour made headlines once again for his impressive performance in Scotland’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over Moldova on Saturday.
Prior to the game, Scotland manager Steve Clarke urged the Scotland fans and media to avoid putting too much pressure on Gilmour.
The 20-year-old entered senior football earlier this year, at least officially, and Clarke is understandably worried about the impact that too much attention could have on the midfielder.
“We keep talking about him [Gilmour], and he is a big prospect — but let’s not put too much pressure on young shoulders,” the Scotland boss said in his pre-match press conference (via The Guardian).
“Let’s look for some of the senior boys to turn up as well and make sure the performance is good.”
After Clarke’s effort to divert the attention away from Gilmour, the Chelsea midfielder won the man-of-the-match award the following day.
Clarke was clearly impressed by Gilmour’s display but still tried to highlight his teammates’ displays as well.
“It was important to get Billy on the ball,” he said after the game (via the Independent).
“Billy dictates the tempo for us, he makes us pass, he makes us play.
“But don’t forget the senior players as well. It was a big effort from the team to get the result we needed.”
It is perhaps inevitable that people expect a lot from Gilmour, considering his talent.
Especially for the Scotland fans, who have seen the young midfielder become their best performer in the last few games he started.