SPL must seize the mood for expansion
The only thing that's clear about any change to the current Scottish Premier League structure is how unclear is the attempt to get a consensus among the clubs.
Since my colleague, Chris McLaughlin, broke the story that SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster was mooting change, I've spent a chunk of my week talking to the league's movers and shakers.
There is definitely a mood for change and at least one of our two biggest clubs are in tune with that mood music.
They've recognised that simply looking after their own affairs will no longer do, that they owe a duty to the wider game.
It's a belated but welcome acceptance of the fact that, if Scottish football gets any sicker, and it is no exaggeration to suggest that it is very ill, then the biggest clubs in the land will contract the disease too - and it may prove fatal.
There is no ideal solution to how we organise our football, but we need more full-time clubs getting the chance to play in the top league.
Otherwise, one by one, they will first go part time and then perhaps just go altogether. And it could be your club next.
Relegation from the SPL is financial Armageddon, as St Johnstone's Brown described it.
In the financial climate facing clubs, there is no future in the current set up.
Fans are fed up playing each other too often and even Old Firm visits no longer see the house-full signs go up.
A bigger league, be it 16 or 18, is needed urgently.
Things like a regional sectional league cup, a regionalisation of the lower leagues and the possibility of four Scottish teams playing in an Atlantic League could make up any cash shortfall.
And don't laugh at the Atlantic League bit.
With one Champions League place lost, at least one half of the Old Firm has recognised that the later stages of that tournament are now exclusively for the uber-rich.
That excludes them, but it also excludes the Ajax's, the Benfica's and the Rosenborg's, who may be prepared to look afresh at a new competition featuring the best from outwith Europe's giant footballing nations.
One thing's for sure, whatever the change, it's needed soon and the sooner the better.