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St Mirren have to ‘bulk up’ Dylan Reid says Jim Goodwin as he provides injury update

16-year-old St Mirren prospect Dylan Reid ‘needs to put more weight on’ to contribute to manager Jim Goodwin’s matchday plans every week.

The teenage midfielder impressed in last Saturday’s 0-0 Scottish Premiership draw with Dundee United. Goodwin now has a decision to make over whether Reid starts again this Saturday at Easter Road against Hibs as his team hunt a first league win of the campaign, aware that it is not possible to play the youngster every week.

Goodwin wants the youngster to ‘bulk up.’ (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Reid was wanted by big clubs in Germany and the UK before signing his new professional deal with St Mirren earlier this year. Goodwin said: “Dylan’s one we have high hopes for but he’s only 16. He is improving on a daily basis. Hopefully that continues, but physically he’s nowhere near where he needs to be. We need to try and bulk him up.

“Athletically he is brilliant and when I look at our sports science data, he has all the main attributes. He needs more muscle and he needs to put more weight on. He’s probably a little too lightweight at the minute to play men’s football every week. I was delighted to get 75 minutes out of him against Dundee United. He’s excellent on the ball.”

Meanwhile, Goodwin has confirmed centre-back Charles Dunne and attacker Greg Kiltie will be out of action with injury for a period of time: “Greg had a little bit of keyhole surgery on a knee to tidy that up. He will probably be out for four to six weeks and Charles Dunne a couple of weeks.

“He had a slight hamstring tear in the week leading up to the international break. We have a couple of players back from suspension in Ethan Erhahon and Alan Power so the squad is a lot stronger.”

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