Chelsea fans know how good Billy Gilmour can be – they’ve seen it themselves.
But Norwich fans weren’t convinced after a season there on loan, and now some Scotland fans have turned on the 21 year old too after their nation suffered some bad defeats.
The midfielder was taken off in the second half of the Scots’ defeat to Ukraine in the World Cup qualifiers, and then didn’t start either of their next two games in the Nations League.
There’s been a lot of criticism of him, but he has a great ally to stand up for him. Kenny Dalgleish is one of the top Scottish players of all time, and he produced a staunch defence of Gilmour in quotes picked up by the Glasgow Times.
“It wasn’t his best game for his country [against Ukraine]. But his performance didn’t merit some of the negative reaction, which was way over the top,” Dalgleish said.
“Steve Clarke left Billy on the bench against Armenia, and we produced a decent performance to win the Nations League tie 2-0. He came off the bench yesterday, but could do little to prevent a sore result.
“Now, it’s all about what Billy does in the future. There is no doubt he has the ability and, just as importantly, the correct attitude. So I expect his career to continue on an upward trajectory.”
So do we, but as he says, Gilmour needs to pick his next move carefully. He’s not 18 any more, and if he’s going to make the most of his potential, he has to start now.