Ex-Rangers kid’s 103-goal mentor calls for England-esque international recognition

Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller has called on the Scottish National Team to “fast-track” former Gers and Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour.

The midfielder may only be 18, but he has already made his Premier League debut at Stamford Bridge and has been included in the B list of Chelsea’s Champions League squad.

Miller – Gilmour’s former mentor at Ibrox [Football Daft] – claims the time is nigh to follow the lead of England and Wales and get our youngest talent involved as early as possible.

Kenny Miller was a big part of the Scotland national team for years. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“In days gone by, people said you had to go through the proper steps before becoming a full international, but look at England and what they have done in the last few years,” explained Miller to BBC Sport.

“Callum Hudson-Odoi started an England game before he had started a Chelsea Premier League match.

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“I think we could be getting Billy Gilmour in now and there’s probably a few others,

“I know he’s been away with a few camps training and it is a huge step – and especially without first-team football – but we need to get these guys in to progress.

“England can do it. Wales have done it. Can we fast-track him? I also believe you have to have earned that right, but there are exceptions.”

Miller also scored 103 goals across three spells at Rangers. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Kenny Miller knows plenty about what it takes to play for Scotland having earned 69 caps and scored 18 goals for the national team.

Still kicking a ball for Partick Thistle in the Scottish Championship, the former Gers forward may well have a point.

Do we need to see more of the nation’s young talent – such as Ross McCrorie or Glenn Middleton – playing with the national team?

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