When Billy Gilmour left Ibrox two years ago to join the Premier League side, Chelsea, many expected him to be swallowed up along with the many young players at the club who have joined the blues only to find themselves loaned out across Europe.
Gilmour has however defied all the odds stacked against him to form part of new manager Frank Lampard's team at the Bridge.
His growing trajectory has been steady over the last two years since joining Chelsea, and the poster boy for Scottish football is definitely destined for stardom at the Bridge.
Named in Uefa Super Cup team
He was named on the Bench for the Uefa Super Cup final against Liverpool in Istanbul, having made his debut for the club against Bohemians in Dublin last month during a preseason friendly.
After the Dublin match, Lampard praised the teenager for his display and suggested he will be integral for the club this season.
“In the second half: Billy Gilmour. He’s had a brilliant trip and has shown real personality at the level that he’s played for a young lad in these two games,” Lampard told Chelsea TV.
“He’s been great. I just hope Billy keeps pushing on with that this season.”
The 18-year-old has been compared to a young Steven Gerrard, and with Lampard showing a willingness to trust his younger players in his Chelsea system, the attacking midfielder might be the face of football at the Bridge just like Lampard was.
He joined the Blues in the summer of 2017 from Rangers, where he had been with the Scottish club throughout his youth.
Many accused him of 'chasing the riches' over proper development, perhaps with the fear of him getting sucked into the youth system at the club.
He, however, decided to join, with some coaches coming out to defend the move, saying, that to be the best he had to play with the best.
The young attacking and playmaker has since shown his excellent skills with the development squad over the past two seasons, helping them win the FA Youth Cup and getting to the UEFA Youth League final.
Youths given a chance
Chelsea is certainly shifting focus and embracing it's younger talent, and with the transfer embargo, there is a lot more room for the younger plays to make an impact in the starting lineup
Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek and now Mason Mount have had their breakthrough at the club, and Gilmour might join them in the same path.