Rangers head coach Steven Gerrard has described Billy Gilmour as a ‘fabulous little player’ but insists there is no truth to rumours the club are looking to wrap up a loan deal for the Chelsea youngster.
Gilmour, 19, who rose through Rangers’ academy ranks before joining Chelsea, burst onto the scene in the Premier League last term and made 11 first-team appearances in all competitions under Frank Lampard.
A knee injury meant Gilmour missed the end of last season and the midfielder returned as a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory at Sevilla in the Champions League earlier this month.
The Scotland Under-21 international followed this cameo up with a superb man-of-the-match performance in the side’s 1-1 draw with Krasnodar but it’s been widely suggested he could be set for a temporary move in January in order to secure more regular game-time.
Rangers have been mooted as a possible option, with Gilmour keen to nail down a place in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for next summer’s European Championships.
However, asked about the recent speculation, Rangers boss Gerrard replied: ‘There is nothing in it from our side.
‘He’s a fabulous little player but there has been no contact between the clubs or the managers.
‘I think that’s just people putting two and two together and looking for stories.’
Lampard played down rumours of a potential loan move for Gimour earlier this week and said the teenager had ‘a lot to offer’ his Chelsea side.
‘I thought Billy was outstanding,’ he said following Chelsea’s clash with Krasnodar.
‘The way he played today and how he trains, I see him growing with us.
‘He made that pathway right last season and then got injured at the wrong time but playing like he did today, he’s got a lot to offer us.’