Malky Mackay warns Billy Gilmour against Chelsea move
But Scotland performance director Mackay has advised Gilmour he would be better off staying at Rangers as he could go under the radar at a club with a huge academy.
Chelsea are renowned for letting their youngsters go out on loan, with 37 players currently being farmed out this season.
“Billy can have his pick in the summer and I had a conversation with his dad,” Mackay told the Daily Mail.
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“I was asked to give him my experience as a player and coach in the past.
“But it’s about the pathway — the quicker you can test yourself against men, the better.
“To be tucked into an academy with 20 other international-class teenagers, what chance are you going to get?”
Mackay cited Ashley Young as an example to follow after he turned down a number of advances to remain at Watford as a youngster.
Ashley Young rejected offers to remain at Watford as a youngster
“At Watford, Ashley Young could have left at a young age but didn’t – he opted to stay,” Mackay added.
“Just three years later, Aston Villa came back to buy him for £9million before he moved to Manchester United.
“That was opposed to him going into a youth team set-up with 25 other reserves, 25 out on loan and 25 first-team players.
"He’d have had to go through that just to get a foot on the ladder.”