Report: Celtic move for St Mirren talent stalls again

By Dave Flanigan

September 1, 2022

Celtic’s move for St Mirren starlet Dylan Reid once again appears to be off as the clubs have been unable to agree on a fee for the 17-year-old.

A bid of around £125,000 had previously been accepted for the youngster, who then rejected a move to Celtic’s B-team in favour of pursuing first-team football with the Paisley side, but there was talk had the club had renewed interest in securing the midfielder this window.

However, The Daily Record have now reported the move is once again off the table for the moment after the two clubs have been unable to agree on a revised price. [01/09 live blog, 10:03]

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St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson had previously said of Celtic’s interest in the youngster: “Obviously we are a club which has to develop players and has to sell.

“Obviously, we believe Dylan is a highly rated young talent that we can develop here. We are a club which produces players, an academy system which does develop players.

“Dylan and his advisers and his family have some decisions to make, but I don’t think he needs to look too much further than here to develop.”

The youngster is said to have discussed a move with Celtic B-team coaches Darren O’Dea and Stephen McManus, as well as held formal talks with Ange Postecoglou, but initially decided to stay in Paisley rather than compete in the Lowland League with the B-side.

Given his age and profile, it’s unlikely that Reid would have been in the frame for first team opportunities any time soon at Celtic, and even if his appearances are sparse for St Mirren this season, being in and around the squad will no doubt aid his development.

It’s hard to argue with the U-17 Scotland captain’s desire to fight for his place in the Scottish Premiership, and Celtic’s interest seems unlikely to dissipate any time soon, so it’s possible that Reid is one the club will return to down the line.

In other news: Report: Celtic open to offers on 4 players on deadline day