Clubs like Celtic always seek opportunities to improve their squad, even when they are at the top. While building a team capable of competing in the Champions League group stage, the Hoops still have their eyes on the future as well and are not willing to pass up an opportunity to improve their youth teams.
Since the start of the summer transfer window, multiple top clubs have been linked with a move for Dylan Reid. Celtic are one such team, while the likes of the Rangers and Benfica were also linked with a move for the St Mirren youngster.
The 17-year-old defensive midfielder has already made multiple appearances in the Premiership and represented the Scotland youth sides as well. Thus, it is not hard to see why clubs might be interested in his signature.
Rumours even suggested that Celtic had had a transfer bid accepted for Reid and were in talks with him over a move to Parkhead. St Mirren were also keen on keeping him as well though and now, it looks like the youngster has decided to remain with The Buddies to continue his development.
Midfielder has turned down Celtic move despite a bid being accepted
St Mirren have released an official statement regarding Reid deciding to remain at the club. The club’s official website reports:
St Mirren Football Club can confirm that last week it allowed Dylan Reid permission to speak to a fellow cinch Premiership club regarding a possible transfer.
We can now confirm that Dylan has turned down the opportunity to leave St Mirren at this point in time.
The St Mirren Youth Academy graduate became the youngest ever player to play for St Mirren, as well as the youngest ever Scottish Premiership player, when he made his debut for Saints at just 16 years and five days old in March 2021. He has since gone on to play for the first-team on five occasions – most recently as a substitution in our 2-0 win over Cowdenbeath on Saturday.
We are pleased that Dylan will remain at St Mirren and look forward to him continuing his development at the club.
It looks like Reid has decided that St Mirren is the best place for him to develop his game at this stage of his career. One can understand the reasoning as well. He would not be expected to get first-team minutes anytime soon at Celtic, which he can expect while with the Buddies.
He could have been a fascinating addition to Celtic’s youth ranks but it was not to be. Let’s see how he continues to develop from here and potentially, the club could go back for him one day.
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