AS difficult, thankless jobs go, talking up Scottish football in its current state is on a par with working as a spin doctor for Barclays or cleaning out the toilets at T in the Park.
Rangers' dramatic fall from grace has had ramifications that have spread far beyond Ibrox. Almost every club is strapping itself in for a period of financial turbulence, while the emotive issue of sporting integrity has fans at each other's throats. The spring and summer of 2012 will not be remembered as a halcyon era in the Scottish game.
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