Pyramid revolution will dismantle SFL cartel
When Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster told me on BBC Radio Scotland's "Beyond the SPL" this week that a pyramid system could work in Scottish football, he was right on the money.
English football has been reinvigorated at lower level with such a system. Scottish football could benefit similarly.
While I admit to as yet being unconvinced of the merits of a 10-team top-flight, I am wholly convinced of the need to open Scottish football up to as wide a selection of clubs as possible.
Our game needs a revolution, but revolution seldom starts with those at the top. It comes from below, from the dispossessed and disenfranchised.
That sums up the lot of a great many clubs in Scotland who have the potential to be bigger and better than they are at present.
In Edinburgh, Spartans have a new stadium, are doing terrific work in the community and have a catchment area to provide good crowds.
But, if any of them want to play in the Scottish Football League as currently organised, they will have to wait on a member club going out of business before even getting the opportunity to apply for membership.
A club can finish bottom of the Third Division for years on end and still be guaranteed continuing membership and the financial hand-outs that go with it.
It's a great big self-interested cartel that so far has appeared frightened of competition from fresher, more ambitious clubs.
Doncaster agrees that there should be a relaxation of some of the current restrictive stadia regulations.
But a pyramid system will not only challenge the institutionalised workings of the SFL clubs.
It will also challenge those committee members at clubs in those other leagues who like to be big fish in a wee pond.
I regularly speak to top junior managers who would love a crack at a higher level of football with their clubs, but they're never sure that the committee will fancy it.
In which case, new ambitious fans and business people in those communities must replace them to allow their clubs to prosper in a truly national Scottish league set-up.
The distinction between the current senior leagues and the rest is a historical anachronism. Its days are numbered.