Chelsea could agree loan deal for creative playmaker this summer

Noel Whelan has told Billy Gilmour to move on loan from Chelsea to the Scottish club Rangers during the summer transfer market.

Gilmour started his professional career with the Gers before switching to south-west London, and he has been mentioned with a return to the 54-time Scottish champions on a temporary basis.

Talking to Football Insider, Noel has suggested a move back to the Gers could be the best thing for the ace. Whelan explained: “A team like Chelsea cannot afford not to strengthen.

“That might put him back in the pecking order and the loan move might be the best move for him – he’ll be in Europe, he’ll be in the Champions League, he’ll also be in the spotlight for the Scottish FA as well, they’ll be able to watch him regularly which will help them when it comes to the international side.

“You can’t take away good quality young players, they’ve got to be progressing in real-time, in real games and a club like Rangers, where he’ll probably feel a lot more settled because he’s been there before, might be the best move for him.”

While the 19-year-old is still at the start of his career, he’d likely still bring plenty to the Rangers’ midfield.

To earn any game time at a squad with as much talent as the Blues’ indicated how special the youngster is, and he has appeared in the UFA Champions League as well as the English top-flight.

At the Ibrox outfit, though, regardless of the qualities of the likes of Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara, Billy would be the most talented midfielder in the squad.

Not only would Gilmour likely play on a regular basis, but manager Steven Gerrard could even build the team around him.