TEENAGE footballing sensation Billy Gilmour looks set to become a first team regular with Premier League giants Chelsea.

The 18-year-old midfielder officially moved into the first team building, it was revealed today, and will form part of Frank Lampard's senior squad going forward.

The Scotland Under-21 star is tipped for a meteoric rise to the top of the game.

Billy said today: "I went with the squad to Leicester and even though I wasn’t involved, the gaffer pulled me afterwards to tell me that after the winter break I’d be with the first-team permanently."

Gilmour became officially contracted to Chelsea in July 2017, following his 16th birthday.

Former Rangers youngster Billy joined the club's under-18 squad, making a goalscoring debut in an Under-18 Premier League match against Arsenal during September 2017 and going on to score in each of his first three appearances. In July 2018, after turning 17, Gilmour signed his first professional contract with Chelsea.

Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard gave Gilmour his senior debut on July 10 2019, in a pre-season friendly against Bohemians in Dublin.

His first appearance in a matchday squad for the first team came in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool, when he was an unused substitute.

He made his Premier League debut on August 31 against Sheffield United, coming on in the 84th minute for Tammy Abraham.