Should Scottish football go back to go forward?
As Scotland prepare to meet Brazil, the country which produces arguably the finest and most gifted players on the planet, I found myself wondering whether we could ever again go some small way to producing players of the highest calibre, as we once did.
If not, who or what is to blame and do we need to reinvent the wheel to change things?
In recent weeks, two ex-professional footballers who played the game at the top level have said to me that we should scrap the current pro youth set-up in the Scottish game.
How to get Brazilian talent in Scotland jerseys? Swap shirts! Here, Brazil celebrate a 2-0 win over Scotland at Hampden in the Rous Cup in 1987. Photo: SNS
Both have had kids involved in the system.
They would like a return to the days when young players came through their school teams and Sunday league teams.
They felt that the old ways, when a club took three or four boys on at the start of every season as apprentices, would serve the game better.
Are they right?
One former scout at one of Scotland's very top clubs told me the current set-up was producing robots.
Is he right?
Where are the flair players like the greats of yesteryear, like Jim Baxter, Jimmy Johnstone, Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish?
One senior figure at the SFA some time ago said the clubs at pro level were full of "jersey fillers".
He meant boys attached to professional clubs from an early age to make up the numbers, but who would never make it at the top level with those clubs.
I have sympathy with the view.
Many youngsters who have spent five and six years at senior clubs drop out of the game all together once they realise they won't play full-time for a living.
Is it they who are at fault for not loving the game enough to be prepared to play at a lesser level?
Or is it the game which is at fault for encouraging them with false hopes and promises?
Would the old ways of schools football, Sunday league and even the Boys' Brigade teams be a better breeding ground for new talent?
Could going back to the future be the answer to providing better players and more balanced individuals?
Answers on a postcard, please, because I'm off for a week.
But I'm sure that'll not stop you coming up with the answers.