Euro results underline need for change in Scotland
It's never too early to panic say some sceptics and in the case of our European results this week they may have a point.
With Celtic and Hibs both hammered, and only Motherwell managing a creditable draw, all against teams coming from small countries, the alarm bells must finally ring the complacency out of our game's rulers.
These results come in the week that new SFA chief executive Stewart Regan correctly told Scots to forget past glories and look to the future.
Meantime, Professor Grant Jarvie, deputy principal at the University of Stirling and board member of sportscotland told a conference in Singapore that small countries can succeed.
"Uruguay, with its population of 3.3 million, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in South Africa, while New Zealand, with a population of 4.3 million went home the only undefeated team in the competition," he pointed out.
Both men are right.
The misty eyed harking back to a glorious past of Scottish triumph in Europe or at Wembley, is a form of Scottish cringe, a failure to confront uncomfortable current truths. It's holding our football back and has to be let go of once and for all.
Yet, as Regan says and as Prof Jarvie suggests, the future can be a brighter place for our football hopes. We can rise again.
Celtic's conquerors Braga, hail from Portugal which has around twice our population with 10 million inhabitants, while Maribor who slayed Hibs come from Slovenia which is home to around two million folks.
The crutch which we have been hanging on to desperately, to excuse our poor performances in recent times, that we are only a wee country, no longer supports the argument for poor performance.
So given that size doesn't matter, we now urgently need the gloves off in a brutally frank discussion about how to fix our football.
The recent McLeish report was a professional politician's view of the ailments afflicting our game. It's time Joe Public had their say, and they'll not hold back from telling it like it is.
That say will tell us what I hear every day from those involved in the game at grass roots level.
The quality and methods of coaching are not nearly good enough and have to be radically addressed at every level.
The jobs for the boys mentality which pervades football has to go.
We must ditch our obsession with player's size and strength and concentrate solely on touch and technique until the mid-teen years.
And we have to find ways of getting kids playing football again in big numbers, to increase the pool of available players.
Stewart Regan says he wants the SFA, SPL and others to work together, but he needs to go further.
He needs to get round the country and hear from the people who run Sunday boys teams, talk to schools football coaches, he has to listen to those in the Highland League, East of Scotland League, the Juniors too, and above all he has to ask the fans what they think.
My worry is not that the sceptics who think it's never too early to panic might just be right.
My fear is that it's almost too late to get things right.