Patrick Vieira agrees with Roy Keane about Chelsea and Scotland wonderkid Billy Gilmour

Former Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira has waxed lyrical about Chelsea ace Billy Gilmour following his performance in Scotland’s goalless draw with England at Euro 2020 on Friday evening at Wembley.

Earning his first start for his country at senior level, the Blues midfielder, who will be hoping to cement himself in Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Stamford Bridge next season, produced an outstanding performance in the middle of the park, limiting a star-studded England side to virtually nothing in a underwhelming contest in the capital.

Considering England entered the contest as overwhelming favourites, they were unable to find any sort of rhythm against a hard-working, spirited Scotland side, who were full value for the point they earned.

As well as it being an excellent all-round team performance from the Scots, Gilmour’s individual showing was also superb, so much so that he scooped the official Player of the Match accolade.

His performance also earned special praise from former Arsenal midfield star Vieira, who will go down in history as one of the greatest midfielders of all-time.

“I think he had a terrific game,” Vieira told ITV Sport. “I really love his technical ability. He loves to get on the ball.

“He’s not quite physical or really strong. But his personality allowed him to get on the ball and make the game from the back.

“His teammates aren’t scared to give him the ball because they know how good he is on the ball.

“And I think he has a really good future ahead of him.”

Vieira is not the first former Premier League midfielder, certainly from his era, to have hailed Gilmour’s qualities.

Last year, following Gilmour’s outstanding performance on his first start for Chelsea, which came in a 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Liverpool, the former Rangers man was lavished with praise by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, who, in truth, is not renowned for handing out praise when it is not earned.

“From his performance the other night, he was fantastic,” Keane told Sky Sports last March. “As the game started I literally got out of my seat, which I very rarely do, and I thought, ‘Who is this kid?’

“There are certain traits you want from a midfielder, quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure. He had everything, it was one of the best performances I have seen in a long, long time.

“The downside for the kid now is he’s got to back it up. It’s a different kind of test for him now to back it up.

“Just his general play I thought it was like a world class player. That’s what he looked like straight away.

“I thought it was one of their experienced lads and then I kept a close eye on him for the rest of the game and everything he did throughout the game just had quality written all over it.”

The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.

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With Vieira tipping Gilmour to have a “really good future” and Keane insisting he performed like a “world class player,” it speaks volumes about just how highly the Scotland international is rated by those who have played at the very highest level.

Despite only turning 20-years-old just over a week ago, Gilmour has abundances of talent within his locker and has masses of potential.

He will be hoping to keep his place in the side when Scotland face Croatia in their final Group D match on Tuesday evening, which will see them trying to post their first victory of the tournament and keep their hopes of progressing the knockout stages alive.

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