Friday will herald perhaps the most important day in Scottish football in quite some time.
Clubs up and down the country are set to vote on the SPFL's proposals to end the season amid the coronavirus crisis.
Crisis talks on Wednesday produced a package of unprecedented coronavirus contingency measures – which could lead to Celtic being crowned champions by the end of this month if it’s decided that the current campaign cannot be completed.
While the Premiership would be placed on pause until then, the plan would bring an immediate end to the Championship, League One and League Two.
Such is football, some clubs would benefit and others would stand to lose - an awful lot in somes cases.
Ahead of the vote, Record Sport canvassed some of those with the most on the line.
Dundee United are one of the clubs who have the most to gain from the SPFL’s season-ending proposal being ratified.
If the current plan is passed then the runaway Championship leaders will automatically be promoted back to the Premiership for next season.
The Tannadice club’s stance had always been to play the games and to see the season out.
American-based United chairman Mark Ogren held a video conference call with key officials last night to decide on how they would vote.
It is expected they will vote for the change because their aim in recent seasons has been securing a route back to the top flight.
They came close last term after they were agonisingly beaten on penalties by St Mirren in last season’s play-off final.
They have harnessed that disappointment and since day one have been top of the Championship and are 14 points clear of second-placed Inverness, who have a game
United, however, have made it clear they’ll not be making any statement ahead of the vote.
Raith Rovers chairman Bill Clark believes the lower league clubs will vote against ending the season early.
A total of 15 teams from Leagues One and Two would need to vote in favour of the resolution for it to be passed but the Stark’s Park chief feels that is unlikely.
Clark said: “I think it will be a very close call, my gut feeling is it probably won’t get over the line.
“As you would expect there was very mixed opinions about it. There is no doubt a number of clubs will oppose it.
“Clubs who are going to miss out or be relegated are going to oppose. Clubs who are maybe in the play-off position and even clubs below that have indicated that they won’t vote for it.”
Clark feels the financial incentive of prize money based on positions would not be enough to alter opinions.
He said: “We did discuss the cash and a number of clubs indicated they weren’t too bothered about it, either because it was such a small amount if you’re down at the bottom, and there were other clubs arguing they did not need the money right away.
“There was a mixed reception in terms of the money being paid out, although it leaves the clubs with financial difficulties in a very difficult position.
“We’re top of the league and put a whole lot of effort into this season. We’ve been top of the league for 21 out of 28 weeks.
“If we’re going to be denied being named as champions of League One, I would be extremely disappointed.”
Joe Cardle insists any vote to relegate Partick Thistle from the Championship would be a crime against football.
The Jags winger echoed Firhill chief executive Gerry Britton’s statement that his club will fight any move to push them into League One.
Thistle are two points behind second bottom Queen of the South with a game in hand and are raging at the suggestion they should be demoted.
Cardle said: “When the news broke about what would be happening with the vote all of the Thistle lads were on the WhatsApp group and there’s a lot of anger.
“I’ve also spoken to our chief executive Gerry Britton and the club will fight this.
“We appreciate this still has to be voted on but I can’t see many clubs voting against these proposals and there’s a feeling the decisions have already been made.
“From a Partick Thistle perspective it’s such a difficult thing to take and we feel as though we are being punished.
“We were only two points behind Queen of the South with a game in hand.
“We all believed we could have played our way out of it as we felt we were turning a corner. There was a belief in our dressing room that we had enough to get ourselves safe this season.
“The whole thing just doesn’t feel right and I appreciate it’s a difficult situation the SPFL and the club find themselves in but there must be a fairer way to do it. I’ve always felt expanding the league is the best way.
“I also understand that a side like Celtic who are miles in front can be announced as champions, but not when it boils down to a matter of a few points and when it’s so nip and tuck such as our own position.
“Partick are too big a club to be relegated into League One and we believe we would have prevented it happening.
“There are jobs at stake and we will see wages across the board being slashed dramatically.
“I don’t think all of the options have been weighed up and it all feels a bit rushed.
“This was an opportunity for our game and our clubs to all come together but if this goes through then it’ll push us all apart.”
Brechin defender Scott Reekie admits it would be a relief if the SPFL draw a line under the season.
But the 20-year-old insists he’d have rather the Glebe Park side got out of trouble on the pitch.
Mark Wilson’s City are bottom of League Two and were heading for a play-off showdown to stay up before the shutdown. Reekie said: “It’s not an ideal situation for anyone. Obviously if they declare the season over now then it would remove a lot of the uncertainties for us.
“It’s not like we’d be guaranteed to go down but we’d be facing a play-off and that would bring added pressure. It’s not been the best of seasons for us.”
Chairman William Powrie hopes the vote will save rather than kill Brora’s senior dream.
The newly-crowned Highland League champions were looking to face the Lowland table-toppers in a play-off with the winners to take on League Two’s bottom side for a place in the SPFL. That’s now scrapped.
Powrie said: “With the play-offs cancelled, you can look at it two ways. We’re either a step nearer SPFL membership or the door is closed.
“The SPFL have said that reconstruction will be discussed so until they decide what model they are looking to do, there’s not much I can say.
“We just hope they decide in such a way we are escalated up the pyramid system. We have no input into that decision.”
Cove Rangers would be one of the main beneficiaries if the league proposal is backed.
The Aberdeen outfit, as League Two leaders, would be handed promotion and it’s likely they will back the SPFL’s move.
Manager Paul Hartley has previously said it would be all wrong if his table-topping side were denied promotion.
And although the Balmoral Stadium outfit refused to comment, a statement confirmed: “Cove Rangers have been informed by the SPFL of plans to hold a vote on whether to curtail the 2019-20 season.
“The board will discuss this development in full during a video conference meeting.
“We won’t comment until the result has been confirmed.”
Barry Ferguson believes league reconstruction would boost Scottish football and not just because his team would benefit.
The boss of Lowland League leaders Kelty Hearts wouldn’t need a play-off to enter the senior set-up if two new teams were allowed in.
Ferguson hopes that’s how the vote pans out and said: “I’ve always said I would be in favour of league reconstruction.
“That would be great news for Kelty but more importantly a bigger league would be good for the Scottish game as a whole.
“Bigger leagues should allow managers a bit more leeway to blood youngsters. That’s where the future of our game rests.”
Stranraer manager Stevie Farrell reckons the SPFL proposal lacks sporting integrity.
And his chairman Ian Dougan blasted: “You wouldn’t award Usain Bolt the gold medal after 75 metres.”
The Stair Parkers sit bottom of League One – eight points adrift of Forfar but with a game in hand and nine matches remaining.
Wednesday’s proposal would see them relegated to the bottom tier and, unsurprisingly, they will be voting against.
Farrell said: “Sporting integrity is exactly what it says on the tin.
“It’s simply about being fair, equitable and it’s about making sure that nobody is at a detriment during this unprecedented time.
“There are only two teams that are going to be at a detriment and that is Stranraer and Partick Thistle.
“With a quarter of the season left that’s unacceptable.
“If we are talking about sporting integrity in a situation that is unprecedented then there’s no better time for sport to lead the way.
“And that means you don’t have people voting with a personal interest or making decisions with a vested interest whether that be financial implications or whatever.
“You should make decisions based on fairness, equality and sporting integrity and for me this has not been done if this vote is carried.”