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Billy Gilmour revisits Covid drama as Chelsea reveals his Scotland emotional rollercoaster …

Billy Gilmour lets out a laugh but it's gallows humour when he talks about his baptism of fire as a senior Scotland player. The Chelsea kid's Euro Finals Covid-19 nightmare which forced him into self-isolation and miss the last group game against Croatia, where defeat delivered a tournament exit, remains a sore point. Amidst the drama of a positive test after starring in his debut against England at Wembley, Stamford Bridge team-mates Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were also banished to their bedrooms after being deemed close contacts. After another man of the match display for his country during Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Moldova, the on-loan Norwich playmaker admits his Euros experience back in June was an emotional rollercoaster after a positive test confined him to barracks. He said: “I felt fine but when I got told I was gutted. I was asking to do more tests but they all came back positive so it wasn't good. “I got a phone call the next day from Mason and Ben and….(cue the laughter) “They were negative but they had to stick to the rules so it is what it is. “I got a couple of messages from the boys in the team while I was isolating saying they were gutted I was missing out. I just wished them all the best in the last game. “I just wanted them to do well against Croatia but sadly it wasn't to be. “I had to watch the Croatia game, sitting by myself. I was cheering them on but I was gutted for the lads. “It just made me hungrier to come back here and prove why we should be going to the World Cup. “It was a long 10 days but there was football on the TV so I got to watch that. That was the only positive. “I wasn't allowed to train. I couldn't do anything. I just had to stay in my room and watch TV. That was it. “From the high of Wembley to a low that quickly was hard. I was gutted but I was happy I got to go to the Euros, especially after it was the first time Scotland had qualified in so long. It was an amazing experience.” Gilmour was supported by a bus load from Ayrshire of family and friends for Saturday night's must win clash at Hampden and he admits it was a far happier occasion. He said: “It was a good game, a good win. We knew we had to come here and win and get three points and we did that. “To walk out at Hampden for the first time was a special night. It is one I will remember. My family were here watching so overall it was a good night. “I love coming here with Scotland. Home fans, everyone cheering on, especially like Saturday when you win. There's no better feeling than when you send fans home happy with something to cheer about. “It is always good hearing the fans shout you on and cheer you on. They were loud and helped the team push through “I want to represent my country. I love coming away here. They are a good group of boys and we have a good manager and we are looking to go to the World Cup. We want to do something special. “That is a bonus to get the Man of the Match. Overall I wanted to come here on Saturday and make sure we got the win to take on to the next game.” The 20-year-old was just one of a host of misfiring Scotland players who passed up a glut of chances to add to the goal tally against Moldova and Gilmour insists he's desperate to get off the mark for his country. He said: “I am still waiting for that first goal. I honestly thought I had put it in the net . . . then I saw it go past the post. I am gutted. “Hopefully it comes soon – hopefully this week and hopefully there is a lot more to come for sure. I want to keep improving and building on myself and adding goals. “We just need to be clinical. We had a chance in the first-half with the captain Andy Robertson and so did I as well as the strikers. “If we put them away we are a good 4-0 up and we are comfortable. We can start passing the ball and creating more chances. “But we need to be clinical in front of goal. It is something we have been lacking, especially in the Euros.” A pivotal clash against Austria awaits in Vienna tomorrow night with Scotland sitting in third spot in Group F and the midfielder knows it's a game which could open a door to the attempt to land a second place finish. He said: “Listen, we are all looking forward to the Austria game. It is going to be a tough test, but we are ready and we want to go and win. “That's what we want to go and do. We don't want to let anyone off easy. We want to make sure we go to every team and beat them. That's the end of it.”
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