Rangers' plight offers chance for non-Old Firm clubs
Is the phrase "The Old Firm" now redundant, given Celtic's insistance that Rangers' well-being is immaterial to theirs?
The connectivity of the two clubs in the minds of many fans, who care not a jot for the Glasgow pair, may have been broken with Rangers' desperate situation and Celtic's clear stance.
Celtic have been run prudently and with diligence. Rangers have not.
How might the ongoing situation affect the rest of Scottish football though?
As someone based far away from the parochialism of Glasgow, and who dips his toes in the waters of that city's big two only when the editor asks politely (see my last blog on Sir David Murray), I am more interested in what Rangers' changed circumstances might mean for the wider Scottish game.
A more vexing question perhaps is can any club seriously tilt at Celtic's windmills?
The answer is surely no, given the huge gap in resources.
However, second place in the SPL and Champions League football may now be a realistic proposition for the other clubs.
There are some variables to be thrown into the mix.
The memorandum of agreement for clubs to compete in Uefa's competitions expires in 2014.
They have mooted smaller domestic leagues in the big countries, to allow them to maximise the opportunities a new European set-up could bring.
For instance, it has been suggested that a reduced Premier League in England would feature 16 clubs, with the carrot of as many as eight places in a new Champions League.
In Scotland, however, given massive fan resistance to a 10-club league, could the move be in the other direction, to a bigger top division?
A 16-club SPL would please most fans.
Given Rangers' circumstances, the other clubs would have a decent shout of that second Champions League spot to accompany Celtic into a previously unimaginable world of glamour and riches.
Celtic have long held wider ambitions than the Scottish domestic scene can provide.
It would surprise no-one, given their potential, if they had been approached by other top clubs for their thoughts on the subject.
I chaired a question and answer session for Dundee United fans in the Arab Trust recently. It's fair to say the majority did not want to see Rangers go out of business.
They were, however, adamant on two things.
That Rangers must meet all their dues and obligations and that the current situation was a great opportunity for the rest of the SPL clubs to change the voting structure for the benefit of all of the clubs. The desire for a bigger league was also clear.
If a way can be found to make up the shortfall in income from an SPL that is bigger but has less fixtures then other Scottish clubs could benefit from Rangers' difficulties.
There are lots of imponderables at play here. However, with Celtic rightly looking after their own interests in proclaiming that life goes on without the neighbours, other Scottish clubs may also be turning their attention to what life could or should be like for them in the same circumstances.