SPL fair play proposals provoke stormy reaction
The Scottish Premier League is in troubled waters after announcing its proposals to tackle financial mismanagement.
Although the rules are badly needed, the timing sits uneasily with Rangers' lingering liquidation fears.
Now, the SPL finds itself sandwiched between the two issues, trapped between the mutually exclusive rocks of sporting integrity and financial consideration.
A tide of resentment is lapping round the ankles of those running the top flight, from Rangers fans who feel the proposals are unjust and from fans of other clubs who are openly cynical of their timing.
At present, the proposals to tackle financial mismanagement in the game are just that, proposals.
Many supporters though see them as an attempt to open the door for a newco Rangers to avoid paying their dues and re-emerging relatively unscathed in the top division.
The proposals have been under discussion for some time it has been suggested, but in the febrile atmosphere of Scottish football, many fans are getting the kind of whiff associated with Arbroath harbour on a breezy day.
The SPL will argue that the new rules, if accepted, will set a more rigorous and transparent framework for the financial affairs of clubs.
That is a good thing and long overdue.
Perception though is the key factor here and many fans think, rightly or wrongly, that what is going on is an attempt to ensure the survival of Rangers in some guise in the top league.
That begs the question of what is the appropriate punishment for Rangers, if they emerge as a newco?
The answer to that depends on individual notions of justice and will be coloured by a host of factors.
The financial proposals have to be voted on by all 12 clubs, but the six man SPL board have the even bigger decision to make as to whether a new Rangers enters the league at all.
That judgement will require the wisdom of Solomon: weighing on one hand the financial benefits of Rangers to the other clubs and on the other hand the potential damage to the sporting integrity of the league.
Rangers have behaved with a reckless disregard for the rules that everyone else is expected to abide by.
What comes next could be a morality tale.
Will it be Real Politic, where moral judgement is set aside in favour of pure financial consideration?
Or will Rangers be required to purge themselves in some accomodation with the Scottish Football League and work their way back up the divisions to emerge refreshed and renewed?