The Scottish Premier League is in troubled waters after announcing its proposals to tackle financial mismanagement.
Although the rules are badly needed, the timing sits uneasily with Rangers' lingering liquidation fears.
Now, the SPL finds itself sandwiched between the two issues, trapped between the mutually exclusive rocks of sporting integrity and financial consideration.
A tide of resentment is lapping round the ankles of those running the top flight, from Rangers fans who feel the proposals are unjust and from fans of other clubs who are openly cynical of their timing.
At present, the proposals to tackle financial mismanagement in the game are just that, proposals.
Many supporters though see them as an attempt to open the door for a newco Rangers to avoid paying their dues and re-emerging relatively unscathed in the top division.
The proposals have been under discussion for some time it has been suggested, but in the febrile atmosphere of Scottish football, many fans are getting the kind of whiff associated with Arbroath harbour on a breezy day.