Rangers have confirmed the club is benefitting from the sale of Billy Gilmour on a regular basis after it was announced there are a tonne of clauses in his contract at Chelsea which means milestones and sales get a knock on effect at Ibrox.
Speaking recently, youth chief Craig Mulholland admitted that while they don’t want to sell any young players, it’s a necessary part of the development process in many cases, and in the case of Gilmour, Rangers worked hard to ensure the club would benefit in the future from the sale.
While we can all argue for years about why Gilmour left, ultimately, he and his family made that choice and Rangers scrupulously ensured, through a tonne of negotiation, that the-then 15-year old would effectively become a modest cash cow for Rangers, with clauses and stipulations about milestones and sales ensuring Rangers would get a cut thereafter.
It was canny business, and while we often see big players being sold from the Old Firm, such as the Van Dijk sale to Southampton which had a bunch of sell-on clauses in it, it tends to be less of a deal in youth football because the numbers naturally aren’t the same.
But a blind man could tell Gilmour was and is world class, or will become it, and Rangers did extremely well to secure a lucrative sale that keeps on financially benefitting us to this day.