Ex-Rangers star Billy Gilmour on verge of £9m move as Ibrox midfielder set for Premiership rivals

Scotland star and former Rangers youngsters Billy Gilmour is on the verge of a permanent switch to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chelsea are understood to have agreed a fee for around £9million with the Seagulls for the midfielder.

The 21-year-old has not had much of a look-in at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel. He was loaned out to Norwich City last season and it was expected he would depart having not been given a squad number for the campaign.

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Gilmour was eventually given No.35 and was an unused sub during the 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Tuesday. He will not continue his football career away from Chelsea where he made 22 first-team appearances, the majority under Frank Lampard.

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According to The Times, the player will sign a four-year-deal with an option for another.

With 15 caps for Scotland, Gilmour, who left Rangers for Chelsea in 2017, is a key component of Steve Clarke’s side. Regular football in the Premier League under the tutelage of Graham Potter will be beneficial for player and country.

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He will become Brighton’s fifth summer signing.

Meanwhile, Stephen Kelly is on the verge of signing a permanent deal with Livingston.

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Billy Gilmour is on the verge of joining Brighton. (Photo by Manu Fernandez - Pool/Getty Images)

The Scottish Sun reports Livi have won the race for the 22-year-old Rangers midfielder.

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Kelly is in the final year of his deal at Ibrox but didn’t feature in Giovanni van Bronckhorst's plans.

He has had three loan spells during his time at Rangers; at Ayr United, Ross County and most recently at Salford City.

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The player recently spoke about his future, noting he is fit to hit the ground running wherever he moves.

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