Is the people's game becoming a closed shop?
When Zinedine Zidane arched his body and scored one of Hampden Park's iconic goals for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen I was privileged to be there.
This particular moment made being at a Champions League final even more special but as this year's competition reaches its latter stages and attention drifts towards its culmination at Wembley in late May, is the opportunity to be a spectator at the showpiece being limited by the price of a ticket?
I confess I drew a sharp intake of breath at the cost of £150 for the cheapest seat and immediately thought is this a further example of football edging away from its working class roots?
Undoubtedly, demand for these tickets will far exceed the capacity meaning from a simple economic perspective the pricing structure is valid but from a sporting and more specifically traditional football fan viewpoint it is excessive.
There is clear evidence that in some ways football is changing or has changed in terms of who is able to pay to watch matches on a regular basis.
But what about those who play the game? Does football still draw its players from working class areas and backgrounds or is the pattern off the park being mirrored by those who are plying their trade on it?
Zinedine Zidane, a player from an impoverished background, scores at Hampden in 2002
I read with interest recently of the career progression of Wigan star Victor Moses, who along with Lee Hills of Crystal Palace, attended an independent school in South London.
Such an educational background is rare in football and usually more common in other sports such as rugby, cricket and golf. Are these players simply the exemption to the rule or a sign of the times?
Giving a definitive answer to this is very difficult but certainly there are factors to consider that may point to this becoming a more normal occurrence in Scottish football.
The disappearance of areas on which to play football combined with the expense of using the purpose built pitches mean that the game is not as accessible as it once was.
Furthermore, the costs that can at times come with being involved with an organised team from a very early age also mean that some youngsters are finding themselves excluded.
As circumstances have dictated that football may be losing its "doors open to everyone" tradition the examples of those players such as Hills and others such as recent Rangers loan player James Beattie illustrate that perhaps those from middle class backgrounds are emerging as professional players in greater numbers.
It does seem a little ironic that at a time when the likes of tennis and golf are making themselves more available to children of all backgrounds; football, for so long the people's game is in danger of becoming a sport of limited opportunity.
What about the attitude of people in football to those who come from a more comfortable upbringing?
In terms of players and within the dressing room I do not believe it makes any difference. Players get stick for their dress sense and musical taste through to their performance in training so being the son of millionaire would only guarantee you a little extra banter from team-mates but certainly no prejudice.
However, there have been the odd occasions when I have witnessed a coach's opinion being influenced by a player's privileged background.
In these instances, a player's hunger has been questioned on the back of not playing well for the sole reason it is the easy but also lazy judgement to pass.
Such views would be based on the opinion that players only play for the money and a better lifestyle and not for the love of the game and the burning ambition to win titles and cups.
I wonder if those who coached a young Gianluca Vialli, who lived in a 15th Century castle as a child ever used this as a question mark over his desire to become a professional player?
The truth of the matter is that being a top player is about ability, dedication and many other attributes but has never been about class.
Let's make sure it stays this way.