Ardrossan's Billy Gilmour reached the pinnacle of club football at the weekend by being crowned a European Champion, but how did the 19-year-old reach the summit?

Growing up, Gilmour attended Stanley Primary School in Ardrossan and Grange Academy in Kilmarnock, where he was part of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) Performance School programme.

He was part of the Rangers academy from the age of eight, and was training with the first team by the time he was 15.


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Before making his first team debut with the Glasgow club, Gilmour made the switch to London when Chelsea came calling.

He made his Premier League debut on August 31, 2019 in a 3-1 win against Sheffield United.

He made his Champions League debut with a substitue appearance in a 4-0 away win in Sevilla.

In total, Gilmour made 11 first-team appearances across the 2020/21 season. 

His performances also led to him being called up to the senior Scotland for the first team, for the upcoming European Championships.

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Champions league glory on Saturday night means Gilmour is the first North Ayrshireman to win the European Cup/ Champions League since Bobby Lennox, who was part of the Lisbon Lions in 1967, and the youngest to do so.

Since then, only one other Ayrshireman has won the competition, when Steve Nicol, from Troon, was triumphant with Liverpool in 1984.

Gilmour took to social media to share his joy with his fellow teammates, as well as a lovely picture of him with his brother Harvey and the Champions League trophy.

The 19-year-old is due to meet up with the Scotland squad later this week as Steve Clarke's men prepare for warm-up games against Netherlands and Luxembourg, before facing Czech Republic at Hampden in two weeks.

Let's hope Saturday was the first of two European titles for Gilmour this year.