Former Scottish Football Association president George Peat is glad to be on the outside looking in these days as the game faces its darkest hour.
Peat stepped down last summer after four years in the post, thinking that Henry McLeish's Review of Scottish Football, which he commissioned, would bring about radical reforms based on consensus.
However, a year later, as a result of the demise of Rangers and questions around where and under which circumstances Charles Green's Ibrox newco will take its place after being denied entry into the Scottish Premier League, the game is in unprecedented turmoil with Peat claiming it has "hit a brick wall".
Pressure increases daily on the Scottish Football League clubs who will vote on Friday on whether Ally McCoist's side will be in the First Division or Third Division next season.
While around half of the SFL clubs who have made their views known are against the newco resurfacing in the First Division - which is also the view of most fans including those of Rangers - the SFA's chief executive, Stewart Regan has warned of the "slow, lingering death" of Scottish football if the Govan club were not voted into the second tier.
To avoid those potentially apocalyptic consequences, SFL chief executive David Longmuir is this week negotiating a package of reforms, including play-offs and a change in the share of monies and voting rights, with the SFA and the SPL which he hopes will persuade his member clubs to allow the new Rangers to start again in the First Division.
But the growing animosity and bickering within the game means Longmuir is not guaranteed to find a satisfactory resolution and leaves Peat happy not to be directly involved any longer.
"I am happy to be outside of it all now," Peat told Press Association Sport.
"It is sad what has happened at Rangers. After the Henry McLeish report came out, we were all working together on the way forward. When I left the SFA, the relationship between the SPL and the SFL was good. People were looking at things from the same point of view. Nobody could foresee what was going to happen.
"I hope that what has happened at Rangers hasn't blown it all apart but from an administration point of view, Scottish football has hit a brick wall."