Time for the Old Firm to go away
For the good of Scottish football, Celtic and Rangers must now be helped to leave for England.
In fact they should be actively encouraged.
It would be a win win situation, benefiting both them and the clubs left behind.
The danger now, is that after almost three decades of bumping other clubs around in their duopolistic battle for the title, their dominance is slowly suffocating the life out of the other clubs and their fans.
After 26 seasons of winning Scotland's top league between them, it is now clear that no one else can ever hope to challenge them again for the top honour.
Arguments that it is the same in other countries are irrelevant.
Nowhere else is there such an unbridgeable financial chasm between two clubs and the rest - and it is not the Old Firm's fault.
Through a combination of factors ranging from their individual history and traditions, good marketing, population base, ease of travel and the Bosman ruling, the pair have simply outgrown their domestic environment.
They are the equivalent of teenagers still at nursery school.
For others to have any chance of competing again, Celtic and Rangers would have to shrink in size.
That is of course a real worry: that in such an unhealthily moribund environment, their own fans, bored with the lack of serious competition, will stop buying their season tickets in their current huge numbers, shrinking the Old Firm back to where they used to be: dominant, but not nearly as dominant as at present.
That will not be allowed to happen.
They are two huge businesses, and, to grow, they need a more fertile landscape than Scotland can offer.
Try to imagine a world without them.
Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen would be the biggest clubs, but they would not have anywhere near ten times the financial muscle of the rest - as is currently the case with the Old Firm.
Dundee United, Motherwell, Kilmarnock and others, would all have a fighting chance of the top honours.
Clubs like Dunfermline, Dundee, Falkirk and Partick Thistle would find themselves in a newly energised top league and with real chance of competing to win the SPL.
The world changes, and football changes with it.
British football once rejected European competition, now the Champions league final is the Holy Grail for all.
A European league is probably inevitable, and money will continue to drive football as it drives everything else.
So let Scottish football flourish and let the Old Firm flourish as well, but not here.
Celtic and Rangers could thrive in the Premier League.
And Scottish football could thrive without them.
It's a win-win situation.
As for the argument that it would affect our international status, if the SNP government can contemplate a future independent Scotland sharing areas like defence and social security with the rest of what would be left of the UK, then why should allowing two Scottish teams to play in England - be that radical and dangerous.
Next season, Swansea may be in the Premiership, so there is precedent.
So let the Old Firm go, they and the Scottish game will both be the better for it.
In fact, if the big Scottish clubs were really ambitious, they would be looking themselves to join the Championship, but that's for another day and another blog.