Ally McCoist 'excited' by Billy Gilmour loan move as ex-Rangers midfielder prepares to depart Chelsea

Billy Gilmour’s future could be resolved this week with the Chelsea midfielder reportedly nearing a loan move to Premier League rivals Brighton.

The Scotland star has not been given a squad number by Blues boss Thomas Tuchel this season and has been training with the club’s under-23s.

It follows an unsuccessful loan spell at Norwich City last season where he was subjected to fan criticism as the Canaries suffered relegation from the Premier League.

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A move to Brighton now appears on the cards for the former Rangers youngster, which Ibrox legend Ally McCoist believes will perfectly suit the 21-year-old.

McCoist told talkSPORT: "That kind of move really appeals to me for the wee man.

"I know he didn't hit it off at Norwich and I know a lot of fans weren't too happy with that particular signing.

"I don't know if Gilmour was suited to going into a team that was struggling and fighting for survival and didn't have possession of the football.

"Brighton are doing fantastically well, good to watch and I just think that'd be a good move.

Scotland star Billy Gilmour is reportedly set to depart Chelsea on loan before the end of the transfer window. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

"That move excites me - I think it'd be a good move for Billy Gilmour."

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke will also be encouraged by the prospect of Gilmour getting first team football ahead of the upcoming Nations League triple-header next month against Ukraine home and away, either side of facing Republic of Ireland at Hampden.

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