While Frank Lampard’s hands were previously tied with youth given Chelsea’s transfer ban, with that restriction lifted Billy Gilmour’s stunning promotion to the first staff at Stamford Bridge gives some notion of what Rangers lost, and more to the point, what we knew we were losing.
For only #500,000, this future star of soccer left Rangers and has now gone to the bright lights of London, and we have to say we’re divided on our feelings.
Firstly, this kid was too great for the SPL, simple as. It was inevitable Rangers would lose him, purely due to the league we play.
Secondly, we really wish we could have got more than we did for such a hot property, numbers range from £250,000 to £500,000, but at the way we’ve benefited from cross-border FIFA laws in getting cheap players below their market value, Chelsea used the same system too.
While we love our Rangers and we want the best for our team, when an individual is given the riches of the PL, it is tough to say no.
His family did affect his decision, no question, but we can’t speak ill of a kid who had the opportunity to become big in the world’s best league.
There is no actual ‘what could have been’ here as a player this good would always choose the PL within the SPL. Even though he’s a Rangers kid, and we’re his team, we couldn’t stand in the way of his desire to better himself in a better league.
Lampard understands a player when he sees you, just like our own boss Steven Gerrard.
And while he wasn’t the manager when they signed Gilmour, he knows the kid has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.