Celtic have reportedly been forced to pull out of a deal for St Mirren teenager Dylan Reid, having been heavily linked with the midfielder throughout the window.
According to Football Insider, the Old Firm outfit’s move for the 17-year-old has collapsed after the two clubs failed to agree a fee for the highly-rated prospect, with the deal now said to be ‘off the table’.
The Glasgow side had seemingly only recently revived their interest in the youngster, with the player having previously snubbed the move to Parkhead despite an offer of around £125k having been accepted at the time.
Although that move would likely have been with one eye on the future, it still represents a notable blow for the champions to miss out on such an exciting prospect so late in the day, with manager Ange Postecoglou likely to be gutted at the collapse of the deal.
While Reid has made just a handful of senior appearances to date, he has clearly caught the eye of those at his current club in recent times, with chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick having tipped him to be a “special player” in the years to come.
It is no doubt testament to his quality that the £225k-rated ace has already been involved at first-team level at such a young age, having notably played the full 90 minutes when the two sides met back in December.
Postecoglou and co clearly liked what they saw of the Kilbirnie-born starlet in that display, with it likely to be a real source of frustration that they have been unable to agree a fee to bring him to Celtic Park.
It could well come back to bite them if the emerging prospect goes on to sparkle elsewhere in the future, with the Hoops potentially set to be left rueing their failure to get a deal over the line, particularly with the fee unlikely to have been one that would break the bank.
At a time when Celtic have had to see their own promising talents poached – including the likes of Ben Doak and Leo Hjelde who have departed over the past year – it would no doubt have been a huge boost to be able to snap up a sparkling youngster of their own in the form of Reid.