Pedro Caixinha has revealed he has held talks with Billy Gilmour’s parents in a bid to convince the wonderkid to stay at Rangers.
Chelsea have struck a £600,000 fee with Light Blues bosses ahead of a potential switch this summer but have yet to persuade the 15-year-old to move to London.
Now new Gers boss Caixinha says he is not ready to let the talented youngster go just yet.
He met with the teenager’s family last week to advise them of his belief that the best place for Gilmour to carry out the rest of his footballing education is Glasgow.
“Billy is not only going to have a bright future in this club but he’s going to have a bright future in football,” said the Portuguese coach, who has already invited the Scotland Under-15 captain to train with his top team.
“He is a bright kid - I call him Billy the kid because of his age - and a clever kid for me is someone who anticipates everything that is going on before all the others.
“Billy is that sort of player. He understands what is going on and at only 15 years old he can compete with boys of 20 years old and has even come in to train with us in the first team.
“Now we have a situation with the club that he belongs to, with us, and a family situation.
“So we need to deal with it and to do that we have held a meeting with his parents. I won’t share what was said at this moment but I did explain my point of view.
“I do believe that for Billy, the family ourselves or even Chelsea or another club later in the future to receive a player on another level, better ready to go on this adventure, it is better for him to stay here.”