Nottingham Forest defender Scott McKenna has lavished praise on Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2020 opener.
The Tartan Army face the Czech Republic at Hampden Park this afternoon.
McKenna will probably be on the bench as Steve Clarke aims to get his team off to a flyer.
Scotland haven’t been in a major tournament since the World Cup in 1998 and will want to give a good account of themselves.
One new member of the squad is Gilmour – a player who was linked with a move to Forest in 2019.
The Sun claimed that the Reds wanted the young Chelsea midfielder on loan but an injury scuppered Forest’s plans.
Now, he will try and shine for Scotland at Euro 2020 and McKenna has been impressed with him so far.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Billy is excellent. That’s the only way I can describe him. We’ve got two Champions League winners in the squad with him and Andy Robertson. It’s incredible.
“You can see the talent he is and he’ll have a big, big future for Scotland.”
McKenna enjoyed a solid maiden campaign in English football. He made 25 appearances for the Reds and looked at ease in the Championship.
Could Forest go back in for Gilmour?
The 20-year-old does look set to leave Stamford Bridge on loan during the summer.
If Forest can’t land James Garner on loan again, they could need to identify a fall back option.
Gilmour could have Premier League interest and landing him won’t come easy for the Reds.
One thing he would get in the Championship, however, is regular game time.
The pocket dynamo would thrive in the second tier and Forest would certainly welcome him to Trentside.
A strong Euro 2020 will leave Forest struggling to sign him but right now, it’s something for the club to consider.
The Reds had some success with the Premier League loan market and they could do the same next season by landing Gilmour.