Most Scottish football supporters and followers would agree that the state of the game in this country is truly in a right mess.
Dunfermline Athletic are the latest club that has gone into administration, while SPL clubs such as Hearts, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock are heavily in debt to the banks and other financial institutions.
Now that SPL has set a date for its vote on the seemingly never ending subject of League Reconstruction it is an appropriate time to examine what the proposed package sets out to achieve and ask the questions, is this really the correct approach and does it benefit Scottish football as a whole?
In my opinion the answer to both questions is a resounding no.
12 – 10 – 10 - 10. 16 – 14 – 12. 14 – 14 - 14.
No, they're not the latest scores for the Z-list "personalities" who have cha-cha-ed their way on to Strictly Come Dancing, but the various permutations presented to the Scottish football public of much needed league reconstruction.
The current proposal for two top divisions of 12 teams is the most appropriate at present. The arguments for not extending the top division to 14/16/18 teams are well rehearsed, although some have suggested doing so and incorporating splits.
Scotland’s national game is currently in a mess, with a contentious debate going on over much-needed reconstruction to replace the stale 12-10-10-10 model.
Attendances have been dwindling. One reason for this could very well be the economic climate hitting Britain, but not primarily in my opinion.
Supporters, including me, are simply tired of playing every club four times a season respectively and as a result, fans are starting to lose interest.
I believe that David Longmuir, chief executive of the SFL, holds all the aces in reconstruction.
He and the clubs he represents should not be pandering, and selling out to, the SPL. The SPL are a 'burst ball' which - let's face it - has never really worked.
Under the guise of reconstruction for the betterment of the game, we are being presented with a 12-12-18 plan which does nothing more than preserve the short term financial model of the current, failed SPL - but delivered with a bribe of a pyramid structure and amalgamation of the SPL and SFL.
The bribes, of course, are desired and necessary changes wanted by the vast majority of supporters. However to use this as a means to maintain their status quo is just plain wrong.
Let me state it upfront. The 12-12-18 plan for league reconstruction is a good one, is a timely one, and is being proposed for the right reasons.
And the merging of the governing bodies is long overdue, to allow the Scottish game to move forward with a more united and democratic front. But I will say that the plan could be even better - more of that later.
I've thought long and hard about this and taken into consideration what I've heard from fans, clubs and commentators.
I was thinking the 12-12-18 league is obviously not radical enough, and 14-team leagues don't give enough games or unfair splits, and 16 teams is not enough games.
In a recent post on this forum, someone said “…we have to realise football is a business and has to be run as a business...”
There is no doubt that this view prevails throughout the corridors of power, in much of the media, and in the minds of many fans.
I am an idealist about football - despite being a Rangers supporter - and I believe that this view is about to lead us down a slippery slope. To avert this, I think we, as fans, are faced with a very stark choice.
Two of the following three televised quotes earned the manager in question a touchline ban.
One of the quotes however, has (in the absence of any action otherwise) been deemed as acceptable by Mr Lunny, and the manager will face no action over the outburst.
Jim McIntyre received a two-match ban for this:
Jim McIntyre 03/12/11: "For the second goal, the ref has had a nightmare. I've just watched it on video and it was never a penalty. It was a really, really poor decision."
Stuart McCall has received a one-match ban for this: