Uefa right to tackle football's financial madness
The stench from chickens coming home to roost in our national game both sides of the border is overwhelming.
In the week that UEFA announced that by 2012 all clubs would have to be run on a break-even basis, the foul stink of financial crisis in the game has seldom been more pungent.
Years of mismanagement and reckless indifference by the game for its' financial wellbeing are everywhere to see.
Finally the clubs are trying to clear up the dirt, but it's a herculean task.
Everyone shares the blame, players, agents, managers, chairmen, fans and journalists.
Blinded by ambition and desire the game has lived beyond its means, putting the very future of some clubs in doubt.
Enormous debts at some of our leading clubs seem scarcely manageable.
Private households run on the same shoddy basis would have seen the keys handed back to the building society a long time ago.
Some clubs have been forthright in their assessment of the future.
On my own patch here in Dundee, the Dens Park board have pointed the way to a new fiscal regime, radically different from the free spending days of yore.
Having managed to rid the club of the bulk of its debts from previous years chairman Bob Brannan has told fans they need to inject more financial backing or there will be no club to support.
Like many other clubs Dundee have known great days, with the richest board of directors in Scotland in the late 1950's and crowds of forty thousand in their European glory years.
That though was more than half a century ago, and over the years Dundee have had to face a more sobering future.
Their supporters trust have accepted that the days of relying on one rich backer to sustain the club are gone.
Fans now have to decide what is most important to them. The continued existence of their club rooted deep within the community, albeit with ambitions reined in, or a future built on sand.
Encouragingly fans groups and the board appear to have concluded that survival is what matters.
What of other clubs and other supporters though, because Dundee's problems are by no means unique.
How healthy is your club and are there problems looming that might threaten the future ?
The UEFA break-even policy will be no bad thing if it forces us all to confront a basic truth, which applies to everyday life as well as football.
You can't spend more than you earn without getting into debt.
Debt in manageable proportions is fine, but the debts racked up at many clubs is unsustainable.
On Wednesday night I brought the curtain down on my football season watching Lochee Harp V Coupar Angus Juniors.
Four quid to get in, a pound for a raffle, end-to-end football amid a wild May thunderstorm and great crack among the crowd.
It was reminder of simpler times, and an essence of what the game is really about.
UEFA's timing may well turn out to be just right to save the game from itself.