Small fish are swiming towards the big pond
This weekend's Scottish Cup third round matches offer non-league clubs an opportunity to put a few noses out of joint.
The Highland League, junior and east of Scotland outfits, all have the chance to vindicate the Scottish Football Association's plans for a pyramid league system.
The ties offer some ambitious clubs a chance to prove their worth and to show that the case for a new set up is compelling.
There are clubs in the junior game who attract larger crowds than some Third Division clubs.
Irvine Meadow, giants of the junior game, will pack out Meadow Park for the visit of Gary Bollan's high-flying Livingston.
During the Scottish Junior Cup glory years after the Second World War Irvine Meadow attracted huge crowds.
They were watched by 77,650 in a match against Petershill in 1951 - testimony to the pulling power of the game at all levels in those football-mad days.
Among the games sure to pull in good crowds and to be nail-biters, are winners of last year's East Super league, Boness Utd, who welcome Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath.
While Inverurie Locos take on Peterhead, in another tight looking match which will see a healthy crowd jam into Harlaw Park.
The romance of the cup will be well and truly to the fore in all of the weekend games, but irrespective of the results, it would be good to see progress made soon on the proposals for a newly invigorated pyramid set up in Scottish football.
This weekend's games will be an indicator of the potential which some of the non-Scottish Football League clubs have.
Whether they have the ambition though, to be more than big fish in a small pond, is another matter.