Dundee fans can create success story
Could Dundee fans run their club any worse than those who plunged it into administration?
If the answer is no, then the Dark Blues fans could be on the cusp of turning their darkest night into their brightest day.
And they could lead the way for fans elsewhere who have watched men with big egos, questionable business acumen and rank bad judgement steer their clubs to the edge of oblivion.
Dundee fans, who could shortly find themselves with the majority stake in the club, now have to get over perceived injustices, accept the 25-point penalty and drive the club on in a new way for a new age.
The old business model of running clubs is deeply flawed.
Dundee fans show how much they care about their team. Photo: SNS
Dundee are set to become fan owned, and, while the possibility of making an almighty mess of things exists, once they find their feet, they will find that among their number there is a huge expertise across a wide range of trades, professions and skills, who can bring benefits to the club. Their club.
The game has been run for too long by those who have made wealth in other areas but who become overnight amateurs when they enter football.
Every club is different, of course, and if a rich benefactor with a deeply rooted sense of community wishes to run a club then it can be a great bonus.
But in Dundee's case that opportunity does not exist and the fans have had their fill of those who soaked up the adulation in the good times only to almost destroy the club.
It will not be easy for Dundee fans, but there is much in their favour.
They will be running the club out of love and passion.
And the team looks eminently capable of staying in the First Division so will be no worse off financially if and when they exit administration.
Dundee fans have rightly or wrongly nurtured a sense of grievance over their treatment by the Scottish Football League.
While those who caused the financial carnage at Dens go unpunished by the football authorities, the club, which in essence is the fans, sees its very future threatened.
Stirling Albion have proudly led the way in Scotland with their system of ownership, but with respect this will be the first time a major Scottish football club has come under the ownership of its fans.
They must ensure that there is no backbiting and jockeying for position.
And they must ensure that the club spends only what it can afford.
They can, and must, be better than those who have gone before.
Dundee fans know on which side of the street my loyalties lie. That is an open secret.
Recently they took me to task for suggesting that they had not been the people's club in the city.
Now they can ram those words down my throat.
For the future of Scottish football I hope they do and I think they will.