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Could Billy Gilmour feature against Hamilton?

Jay Mansfield

Fresh from helping Scotland’s U16s win their Development tournament this week, 15-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour could make the step up to the Rangers first team for this weekend’s Scottish Cup tie with Hamilton. Gilmour, who has missed the last two U20 games through suspension, was involved with the matchday squad in the last round but never made the final 18 for the win over Morton.

Rangers are desperate to tie down the wonderkid and involving him in the first-team squad can only help the youngster feel valued as he weighs up his long-term future. With Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and a host of other clubs interested it may prove difficult for Rangers to keep a hold of one of the most promising footballers to come through the ranks at Ibrox in a long, long time but hopefully being introduced to first team football can convince him to stay at Ibrox.

Because of his age, Gilmour can only play in the Scottish Cup this season but if the young midfielder does play he’ll become the youngest ever Rangers player in the club’s history, surpassing the previous record set by Derek Ferguson.