There was interest from Celtic, Rangers and Europe – but 16-year-old Dylan Reid has decided that St Mirren is the best place for his development.

Manager Jim Goodwin confirmed this week that Celtic and Rangers ‘would love to have’ the Buddies teen who made his debut at Ibrox two weeks ago, becoming the youngest Scottish Premiership player ever. There was also interest from ‘huge’ clubs in England and Germany.

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St Mirren manager Goodwin confirmed Celtic, Rangers, English and German interest. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But Goodwin is delighted to sort out Reid’s new deal until the summer of 2023: “The age situation doesn’t concern me. He’s not a small 16-year-old, he’s very athletic and strong already. Technically, he’s already as good as what we’ve got in the squad.”

It’s a boost for Saints ahead of a huge match with Hamilton Accies this afternoon. A win in South Lanarkshire could seal a first-ever top six place for the club during the Premiership era.

They have been hit with Covid issues along the way but Goodwin is proud of his team: “I always believed in the group, I thought the recruitment we did in the summer was good and I felt really confident before a ball was kicked.

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Proud as punch. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“There were so many curve-balls that were thrown at us that you don’t how to prepare for. You are almost just reacting on a daily basis to a lot of negative news regarding Covid tests and one thing or another.

“I am really proud of how the club have come through this season and we are so close to achieving what we set out to do and I just hope we can go and finish the job off. Because I genuinely believe if it wasn’t for Covid we would have another six or seven points on the board and we might be up there fighting for that fourth spot.”

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