According to St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin, Celtic target Dylan Reid turned down Bayern Munich.
A youngster who’s very serious about first-team minutes, Reid has been tipped for stardom. Only 16, he made his Buddies debut this season. Goodwin described him as a someone “the two big boys [Rangers and Celtic] in Scotland would love to have” only last month [BBC].
However, he could’ve been destined for German giants Bayern Munich, had he not decided to stay in Paisley. Speaking to Not the Old Firm, Goodwin revealed [NTOF]:
“There was loads of clubs interested in him. Dylan went over to Germany to see Bayern’s facilities and as you can imagine, both he and his family were blown away by the infrastructure on offer. But this wasn’t a financial decision for Dylan.
“If it was coming down to finances then there was no point us being at the table. But we hoped to offer him what those teams couldn’t and that was training with the first-team on a daily basis. If and when he earns the right to, he plays first-team football.
“We hope that when Dylan comes to the end of his current contract at 18, he has at least 50 senior appearances under his belt. If he had went to one of the bigger teams, he would have been kicking about playing youth football. He wasn’t lured by the big contracts and we are delighted to have him.”
Bayern Munich interest shouldn’t put Celtic off
Reid is clearly a massive talent. Already a Scotland youth international [Transfermarkt], he’s clearly got a fantastic support network around him. Especially when you consider the money on offer at clubs like Bayern, even for youth players.
Not being lured by Bayern Munich takes some amount of courage. The Bavarians have already snapped up Scottish talent, with Celtic youngster Liam Morrison making the move in 2019 [Bundesliga].
If anything, this makes him an even more attractive prospect. Mentality is so important, especially in the developmental stages of a footballer. Knowing that a player prioritises first-team action and the ability to play alongside adults will only have scouts more interested in the defensive midfielder.
Undoubtedly, if Reid can continue to make the step up under Jim Goodwin, both player and club will benefit enormously. Reid clearly had the foresight to realise that by signing a new deal, he can eventually earn a handsome fee for the club who paid for his training and development.
A career to follow closely, perhaps.