Rangers and Celtic are both keen to sign St Mirren starlet Dylan Reid.
But they face competition from two of Europe’s heavyweights. Champions League duo Benfica and Bayern Munich are also interested in Reid, according to The Scottish Sun.
Reid has caught the eye as he has progressed through the ranks at St Mirren. The 14-year-old has been so impressive for the St Mirren academy that he has already earned an international cap at U16 level.
The Scottish wonderkid is inevitably being linked with the country’s top two teams. Rangers and Celtic – who went head-to-head in the cup final last weekend – could be set for another transfer battle here.
But Reid also has the option to join a growing trend of young Scottish players heading into mainland Europe. Liam Henderson is at Hellas Verona, David Bates went to Hamburg, Ollie Burke is on loan at Alaves and George Johnston plays for Feyenoord.
These are just four examples of young Scotsmen moving abroad. Another is Scotland U17 defender Liam Morrison, who moved from Celtic to Bayern Munich. Reid will train with the Bundesliga champions in early 2020 as a potential move.
Benfica also want to sign Reid. The Portuguese giants have been taking a look at the youngster this week as he trained with the U16s.
Rangers and Celtic face increasing pressure to land Reid now. It is not just Scottish players moving into Europe but English players are doing the same.
Reid might be tempted to go down that path and he is already assessing his options by training with Benfica and Bayern Munich. If Rangers and Celtic want the talented teen, they will have to act quickly.