St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson admits it ‘wasn’t a surprise’ to see Dylan Reid turn down a £125,000 move to Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic in order to stay in Paisley, speaking to the Daily Record.
Not every young player has the maturity and the patience to turn down a potentially life-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the league champions.
But, despite Celtic agreeing a £125,000 fee with St Mirren, 17-year-old Reid has opted to stick around for the time being.
Ange Postecoglou, Robinson’s opposite number, suggested earlier in July that Reid would have arrived as a B-team player rather than someone capable of forcing himself immediately into a stacked Celtic midfield (Football Scotland).
Perhaps that was enough to convince the Scotland U17 skipper that Celtic can wait for another day.
Dylan Reid turns down Celtic to stay at St Mirren
“I’m sure (the contract at Parkhead) 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,” Robinson beams.
“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 (to Reid stay).
“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 highlights the rise of David Turnbull, who joined Celtic’s ranks after making nearly 50 first-team appearances at Motherwell. Reid, in contrast, has just three to his name.
“If you go to some of the bigger clubs, they are under a lot more pressure instantly and you maybe don’t get any chance to develop,” Robinson adds. “Players need a platform to play. And if you are training with the first team every day, then you get that opportunity to impress.
“And I don’t think he will get that at the bigger clubs at this stage.
“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.”