If he is to have the chance of making Scotland’s Euro 2020 team, STEVE CLARKE says Billy Gilmour needs to play more games.
The Chelsea youngster has made just four appearances in an injury-plagued season so far for Frank Lampard’s first team, but hopes he will make more of an impact in the second half of the season now that he is back to full fitness.
Clarke is a huge Gilmour fan, but thinks the 19-year-old needs to find a way to play more regularly if he is to find his feet in the senior team, whether for Chelsea or on loan.
I don’t like to do that without overrating any player,”Without overrating any player, I don’t like to do that, Billy is a good player,”Billy is a good player.
There is no question about that. At Chelsea he’s very highly thought of, he’s from the same place as me, so he must have great character as an Ayrshire lad!
But he’s got to play. I don’t think anybody’s going to deny that.
And the Chelsea people know that he wants a few more games than he’s got at the moment.
“One for the future, absolutely.”
The amount of talent currently blossoming in Scotland encouraged Clarke.
We’ve got a lot of good young players here, Billy Gilmour, David Turnbull, Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson, Livingston’s Ross McCrorie and Robby McCrorie,”We have a lot of good young players, Billy Gilmour, David Turnbull, Lewis Ferguson at Aberdeen, Ross McCrorie and Robby McCrorie at Livingston,”
Ryan Porteous was previously in the team, but a lot of strong Scottish players are coming through.
Without totally changing a group of guys who have done a great job, I need to find the right balance to change the squad a little bit.
“These guys got us there, considering it’s been 23 years since we last played in a major tournament.
“They deserve the chance to play in this tournament.”