Manager cites Turnbull example to explain why teenager rejected Celtic move

By Dave Flanigan

July 24, 2022

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson has explained why starlet Dylan Reid rebuked a move to Celtic in favour of staying with the Paisley club.

A fee was agreed between the two clubs but the 17-year-old rejected the move to prioritise first-team football.

As reported by the Daily Record, Robinson said: “I don’t know the finances but I’m sure it would have been a lot more rewarding than at St Mirren. Credit to Dylan, he has backed himself because he believes he will break into the first team here.

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“If he does, he will be an asset to ourselves and if he does leave he will go as a first-team player as proposed to a B player or under 23 player. It wasn’t a surprise to me. His mum and advisors have their heads screwed on and know what they are doing. If you look at St Mirren and myself as a manager then I play young players if they are ready.

Robinson cited David Turnbull as an example, who played for a further season under Robinson at Motherwell after his initial move to Paradise broke down in the summer of 2019, before finally completing the transfer the following summer.

He said: “If you look at David Turnbull he played a season for Motherwell and established himself as a top, top footballer and went as a first team player with Celtic. Other boys hadn’t done that, gone to England and fallen away. It will eat you up if you are not established, or strong enough mentally.

“Home comforts are a thing as well. Dylan is a sensible boy. There’s no guarantees he will play but if he pushes on the way we think he could then he will have an opportunity.”

It’s understood that Reid would have been signed primarily for Celtic’s B-Team, competing in the Lowland League alongside the likes of Joey Dawson who made his first-team debut in the 3-1 win at McDiarmid Park on Boxing Day last year.

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Although there were extenuating circumstances in the Turnbull transfer that makes it a slightly tenuous example, there’s some truth to Robinson’s comments, particularly if there was little scope from the outset of Reid securing first team football at Celtic initially.

Whilst obviously frustrating for the club’s offer for a highly thought of youngster to be rejected, it’s difficult to argue with Reid’s logic, at least until Celtic have proven, well-established pathways for youth players.

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