Chelsea youngster Ruben Sammut insists Scotland prodigy Billy Gilmour is living up to all the hype at the Blues.
Former Rangers trainee Gilmour has enjoyed a memorable first season at the English giants after helping the under-18s win an unprecedented quadruple and being named the scholar of the year.
Individual accolades then followed in the recent Toulon Tournament after the 17-year-old midfielder was named ‘revelation of the tournament’ and listed in the ‘team of the tournament’ as the Scotland under-21s reached the semi-finals.
Sammut, who joined Falkirk on a season-long loan on Tuesday, was the Chelsea under-23 captain last term and admits Gilmour is flourishing at the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Sammut, who has three Scotland under-21 caps, said: “He did really well during the summer at the Toulon Tournament and he’s trained with us a lot – you could tell how good he is as a player.
“With his games last season, he was probably one of the top performers and he was named scholar of the year at Chelsea as well.
“He is living up to that expectation and he is producing, and with his attitude and how he is as a lad, he is always going to do well.
“He’s a really good lad as well – I get on with him really well.
“He wished me good luck when he found out I was coming up here.
“We’ve got a good relationship, hopefully he can do well in the set-up down there and hopefully I can get back in there.”
Sammut is also hoping an eye-catching temporary spell at Falkirk can propel him back into the Scotland under-21 squad having not featured since November 2016.
He added: “That is definitely on my mind and I hope performing on the pitch can help me earn a recall for the 21s again. That’s another aim for me this season.”