Stop the bickering, start the football
I will always remember this season.
It won't simply be for the reason that it was the last time I played the game professionally but for the fact it has been, without any doubt, a horrible season in Scottish football.
My own view is the debates on these matters have become tiresome and are dominating attention at the expense of matters on the most important of football-the playing side.
I don't think this was more evident than this week when the build-up to the Motherwell v St Johnstone Scottish Cup semi-final was swallowed up by reporting of these events.
For me, a Scottish Cup semi-final has always been a massive game, it has always been an occasion to get players and supporters excited and always been an occasion that everyone in the game was aware of.
Is it simply a sign of the times that this game and the other tie, to a lesser extent, were not promoted as significant matches of the Scottish football calendar?
If those who allege to have Scottish football's best interests at heart continue to shun such games in favour of telling us who is the latest to have their integrity called into question, then is it any wonder the semi-final ties were played in front of so many empty seats?
Twenty years ago I was aged 14 and very much dreaming of a successful career in the game. I was fortunate; I was signed to a professional club and was confident of my future progression.
What were my ambitions for the future? Was it to be famous or wealthy? Not really, although fame I acknowledge does come with success.
My goal was to be a top football player, to win medals, to play for the best clubs and to represent my country - and the reason was because I absolutely loved the game.
Countless other teenagers will have had and will continue to have the same dreams - and if they go on to fulfil them, they will be famous for their ability in a wonderful sport.
Now, at 34-years-old I look around and see too many individuals afforded fame by football but not because of how they played the game.
There are too many seeking to raise their profile by using football for their own self-promotion.
They are happy to be sensationalist and controversial for no other reason than selfishness, and certainly not for the good of the game.
I have blogged previously about players becoming pundits and I include some of them in the above accusation.
Those few - plus the occasional former referee, politicians and so on are happy to stoke the fires of controversy for personal gain rather than a deep rooted desire to rescue our game from the abyss it is in danger of falling into to.
I acknowledge the need for change and revolution is urgent in many aspects of Scottish football. However, in the midst of the absolute required changes in the corridors of power let's search for the past a little.
Can we get back to having playing matters at the heart of our game and can we return to reminding people why football is such a great game and why it has been the heartbeat of our sporting culture for so long?
Furthermore, can we try to insure that we give platforms for power and influence to those genuinely seeking solutions.
I really hope so.
if we don't, then I'm not entirely sure that youngsters will continue to dream of future football glory.