How to alienate the men in black
Although it was good work by my colleague Chris McLaughlin to break the story that Celtic were compiling a dossier on refereeing decisions against them for the Scottish Football Association, it seems like a neat bit of opportunism on the part of the Glasgow club.
The timing of the move ahead of the Old Firm game will heap extra pressure on Dougie McDonald, who will be under even more scrutiny now.
Given Celtic's faltering position behind Rangers in the title race, defeat will surely end their hopes on Sunday.
So the stakes are high and someone at Parkhead may have taken the calculated view that this issue needed raised so urgently that the week of the Old Firm fixture was the most prescient time to bring it up.
Fair enough, the game is big business and those pining for the days of a more Corinthian spirit are spitting into the wind.
Did Celtic take a calculated gamble that their leaked approach to the SFA would benefit them somehow? Draw your own conclusions dear reader.
I don't buy into the view that the move might cause off-field trouble. Those who are inclined to indulge in that kind of grief need no further encouragement.
But it will cause friction between the men in black and Celtic.
Walter Smith made some suggestion last season that Rangers were getting a tough time of it from refs, and many argue that he did not attract the kind of flak which Celtic have suffered.
Other managers have also blasted the men in the middle at some stage other.
What does that tell us?
Simply that all football clubs want to win, don't like decisions going against them, and will use whatever tactic is needed to give them an advantage.
What might work better for Celtic and indeed any club worried about refereeing standards would be to assemble and present evidence, video and otherwise, either at the halfway stage or at the end of the season, containing examples of poor decisions.
Along with that they could use a retired ref or expert to indicate why they felt each example was wrong.
At the same time they could present alternative solutions for better standards of refereeing.
Perhaps things like improving current fitness tests, which some claim are inadequate.
And offering to fund full-time posts to counter suggestions that part- timers find the job of keeping up with play too demanding.
They could demand instant video replay evidence for all game-changing incidents within the 18-yard box, as well perhaps as all red cards.
Maybe they could suggest an independent body to review contentious refereeing decisions.
While they are at it they could ask for a review of refs performances every six-to-eight weeks, with appropriate sanctions of downgrading if standards are not met.
And of course there are some fans in Scotland who are convinced that there is a dark hidden underbelly of Scottish life.
On their behalf maybe we should all demand full public disclosure of membership of any secret organisations by men in black, on the well-established scientific basis that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
Then we could probably all sit back and watch while refs decide the game is not worth the candle, hand back their whistles and notebooks and head for the exit door.
Oh, alternatively, everyone with any real breadth of vision for the game could get round a table, thrash things out, accept that everyone can't be right all of the time and start acting like grown-ups.