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Billy Gilmour the golden boy: where it began

The Champions League winner from Ayrshire, who started from playing with his Granda to starting in a Euros match. The young Scotsman is a fan favourite of the Tartan Army but where did it all begin?

Gilmour who won the Champions League at just 19 years old, began his career at boy’s club Tass Thistle with his dad who was one of the coaches. Before Gilmour joined Tass Thistle he would play football in the garden with his brother Harvey. His mum said, “Whether rain, hail or snow they would be playing.”

It did not take long for people to be impressed by Gilmour’s talent. Rangers scout Scott Bryson was at Tass Thistle and looking back to the first time he saw Gilmour play he said: “For the first time I watched him I could just see he had something different in him to what the normal players have. He was probably the best I have ever watched in a young boy at that age”.

Scott Bryson was very impressed with Gilmour and at age eight he joined the Rangers academy. Gilmour would spend the next eight years at Rangers academy.

In December 2015, Gilmour got a big push because at age 15 he made his debut for the U20s at Rangers. After this Gilmour got the chance to train with the first team. In the same season, Billy would start his international career off with the Scotland U15 side.

The next season Billy Gilmour would continue to play with the Rangers Academy and the Scotland U17s. Gilmour was included two times in the provisional squad for the Scottish Cup by first-team caretaker manager Graeme Murty. The next Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha said Gilmour was a player with a “bright future”.

In July 2017 following Gilmour’s 16th birthday, the teenager from Ardrossan joined English Premier League side Chelsea! Gilmour Joined Chelsea’s U18 squad and in his debut match, he got off to a perfect start, scoring a goal against London rivals Arsenal U18s.

Gilmour scored in all of his first three matches with the youth side. Just after a year with the U18s Gilmour received a pro contract at 17.

Gilmour made his pro debut in competitive football against Sheffield United at the start of the 2019/20 season. The teenager had a great first season as a first-team player reaching the FA Cup final.

For Gilmour, 2020/21 is a season he will never forget. He won the Champions League with Chelsea and he made the FA Cup final for a second year in a row.

Following this, Steve Clarke called Gilmour up to his Euro 2020 squad where he shone out as one of Scotland’s best players in the competition, picking up the man of the match award in a tense affair against England.

Gilmour would then have a loan spell with Norwich for the 2021/22 season. Then in 2022, he made the permanent move to Brighton, and he has been there ever since. For Scotland, since his Euro 2020 campaign, Gilmour was a key part of getting Scotland to this year’s Euros where he has played across all three matches and despite a disappointing overall campaign from Steve Clark’s side, Gilmour did put in a good account of himself in Germany.

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