When it comes to turning a real crisis into a drama, the relentless soap opera Scottish football almost paves the way.
So, what happened over the weekend, when our match nearly declared itself to be dead, shouldn’t have been a big surprise.
There’s a real world out there, you know, and right now, he’s struggling to face a threat to all of humanity.
Lunch figures yesterday indicated that more than 10,000 lives have been lost across the UK as the coronavirus crisis tightens its grip around our nation’s throat. Families are destroyed by this invisible killer. Businesses are disappearing.
Crisis? The world may never have been visited before by such a desperate and devastating set of circumstances.
Only by pulling herself together in the insane and rumbling face of this pandemic can she be overcome.
Yet we are all here in the parallel universe of the Scottish game, jostling each other.
If football in this country is not extremely careful – if it cannot somehow discover a sense of self-awareness at this time of unprecedented danger and distress – then it may never be fully forgiven .
When we all come out on the other side of this maelstrom, it can be difficult to forget how appallingly selfish our national sport has behaved. And impossible to forgive him.
Coronavirus takes Scottish football
This is why it is now urgent for all parties to step back from the thermonuclear positions that were adopted over the weekend and continue to calmly try to protect all of our clubs from the ruinous financial consequences of the Covid. 19 disaster.
Let’s start with the war the Rangers declared at the SPFL on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Dundee blocked a proposal to end the season by not going to the polls before the 5:00 p.m. deadline Friday .
Because this furious argument is raging at the heart of the latest twist in football’s grotesquely unedifying intrigue and must be addressed urgently.
Let’s be clear here. If the Rangers do have tangible evidence of corruption at the highest level of the FBCL, they are required to produce it for the good of the game.
If there is, as Ibrox interim president Douglas Park believes, something rotten in the very heart of Hampden’s sixth floor, then let’s take it out openly and make sure it is treated appropriately .
If they have evidence that CEO Neil Doncaster has broken the very regulation for which he has always been so tenacious, an investigation must be conducted with immediate effect.
To avoid any ambiguity, this does not mean to dismiss the validity of the Rangers’ concerns. On the contrary, it’s hard to imagine that Park or anyone else acting in the best interests of the club would have gone to all that trouble unless the evidence in hand was extremely conclusive.
This is why the Rangers are not free to keep this bomb to themselves. If they are right, the game in this country will support them side by side to eliminate all the criminals.
Not only would they be on the right side of this argument, but they would also have done football a huge favor.
But on the other hand, if it is nothing more than pushing the heels to keep Celtic from being crowned champion, it will have a horrible impact on whoever really calls the shots.
With so much at stake, it is simply not enough for the Rangers to trade only glibinnuendos or go to declaration of war.
“The Rangers will not be intimidated in silence,” warned their author on Saturday before adding: “We think it is in the interest of all Scottish clubs and supporters that the alarming evidence be dealt with. as quickly as possible “.
Be sure, this is serious. Serious SPFL president Murdoch MacLennan responded by sending a letter to the 42 clubs yesterday afternoon.
The letter was made public and, as sure as night follows day, it prompted the Rangers to press the button and make another statement from them.
And all the while, Scottishfootball is watching the barrel of financial collapse, even though 85% of their clubs have voted to implement these extreme emergency measures as quickly as possible.
This is where the Rangers have a very valid argument.
It seems unfathomable that the league has no existing mechanism – or any means of creating one – that would allow it to distribute more than £ 9 million of emergency cash to their member clubs during this difficult time without precedent without having to crown four clubs as champions and relegate three others.
If Dundee does not give them this mandate by voting within the next two days, they will have to find some sort of alternative. And quickly. As this document revealed this morning, talks to that effect were hastily organized last night and are expected to start within 24 hours.
But at some point, unless a miraculous and sudden end to the coronavirus crisis, a decision will have to be made on the ranking for this season and the option to cancel a cancellation is not on the table due of the financial chaos that such a decision would bring about.
Celtic will finally be awarded a ninth successive title to which an asterisk may or may not be attached. For their part, the Rangers will console themselves by calling him eight and a half-moon in a row. And the world will continue to turn.
But football will never feel the same again unless it quickly regains some decorum throughout these darkest days.