Rangers boss pleads with Billy Gilmour to stay - reports

New Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has begged highly-rated youngster Billy Gilmour to reconsider his impending move to Chelsea, according to the Scottish Sun.

Billy Gilmour is said to be close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea. Picture: Michael Gillen

It was reported yesterday that the English Premier League leaders had won the race to sign the 15-year-old, who will be free to leave for a compensation fee of around £500,000 when he signs his first professional deal this summer.

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While the move is yet to be finalised, Rangers fear the teenager could be about to accept Chelsea’s offer, which would mean a huge weekly wage packet once he turns 16 in June.

Caixinha has tried to persuade the player he’ll have greater chance of success long-term if he remains in Scotland.

The Portuguese head coach has told Gilmour he’ll be involved in the Ibrox first-team squad more regularly next season.

Several other big clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United, have been monitoring the boyhood Rangers fan.

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