In his playing days Reid started off at Dumfries club, Queen of the South where he was signed by Nobby Clark. Reid was later remembered by team mate Tommy Bryce as one of the best players at the club. The three were part of a successful promotion campaign in 1985/86 from the then Scottish Second Division. It was at Queens where Reid gave his longest service as a player.
Reid began his managerial career in 2002 with a caretaker appointment at a club he had played for, Scottish First Division club Clyde. This was in between the departure of Allan Maitland and the appointment of Alan Kernaghan. He took over the Bully Wee on a permanent basis in 2004 following Kernaghan's two-year spell and took the side to second place in his only season in charge.