Isn't that an intriguing development, those eight west of Scotland councils being urged to consider sharing resources and back-office provision?
Stand by for more, much more, of the same as the impact of inevitable cuts in public spending is felt.
This type of initiative has been under consideration for some time, most notably when the former Labour minister Tom McCabe was quietly pressing for such changes.
The impetus has increased with the advent of a new Scottish Government and increased pressure upon cash.
Should we go further and attempt local council reorganisation: boundary changes, perhaps?
Longer term, that might well save more money. Do we really need 32 directors of this and that, with attendant staff? Could we, for example, get by with fewer police forces?
Snag is that in the short to medium term such top-down change can tend to create problems, rather than solve them. It can create unhappy, rebellious, workforces.
It can generate a defensive attitude.
Can we, then, generate savings without, in the first instance, going down the road of overall structural change?
Can the existing public sector be conjoined to produce new, cheaper ways of doing things?
To repeat, the extent of the challenge is big - and about to get much, much bigger.
What a football team! What magnificent goals! Craig, just say no to Hampden: you know it makes sense.