It is now widely reported that Arsenal is interested in signing Celtic defender Kieran Tierney but is handicapped with a low transfer budget.
So, the latest news is now claiming that the club is considering offering one of four players to the Hoops to sweeten the deal.
The four players are said to be, Carl Jenkinson, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe or Eddie Nketiah.
Now, I have made it clear in previous articles that I like Tierney and believe he can do a job for us but it is a bad idea to start offering up some of our talented youngsters.
Sure, a player like Carl Jenkinson can be included but why is Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe or Eddie Nketiah included because if I was the Celtic manager and offered this deal it would not be Jenkinson I would want that is for certain.
We have yet to see the true development of Osei-Tutu, Smith Rowe or Nketiah, if they are not ready for the senior team then loan them out and see how they progress but not start including them in swap deals.
If Arsenal wants to do a swap deal do it with senior players that have flopped, give them Shkodran Mustafi instead.
Look at Tottenham, how many times was Harry Kane loaned out? in fact, they have a habit of loaning their players out on multiple occasions and at the right time, they are promoted to the senior team or sold.
If they are no good and will never make it then what makes the board think that Celtic will say, yeah, go on then, give us one of your underperforming kids.
For some reason, Arsenal seems to have no coherent plan on how to develop the talented youth players we have.
What I do know is that, while I like Tierney I do not want to sacrifice some of our own prospects in order to make a deal work because we are broke.
You do not compound previous transfer mistakes by making new ones.