Scottish football, as ever, remains a hot topic but it is a sad reflection on the state of the game that on the pitch the nation is not progressing.
Off it? The nation is not progressing.
Failure to reach yet another international tournament has now become standard practice for the Scotland team.
Growing up, it seemed to be unthinkable not to see Scotland in the World Cup. Heck we even started to take European Championship qualifying seriously in the 90s.
Now the debate is no longer centred on "can Scotland make it through to the knockout stages" with the cry since 1998 being "please give us a chance to be in the tournament proper and be humiliated by a minnow".
National team boss Gordon Strachan threw up a pithy excuse for Scotland's failure to make Euro 2016.
"Take away from Poland Robert Lewandowski and Scotland qualify" was the argument.
Ah Gordon, take away Kenny Dalglish from the days of when you were a player and Scotland would not qualify for four out of those five World Cups we made in succession during the 70s and 80s.
What Strachan, and more importantly the SFA, do not appreciate is that it is because Scottish football seems incapable of churning out their own Lewandowski - or even another Dalglish - we can no longer be in serious contention to qualify for major tournaments.
Self belief is another thing - although that has always been our bugbear even when we had great individual talent in abundance.
Six months ago, Ireland should not have been anywhere near the play-offs - let alone automatic qualification.
They have had a drought of outstanding individual talent as well - something that would hit them more given that football is behind GAA and rugby in terms of popularity on the Emerald Isle.
But they do have belief. And that's what got them the unlikely win against Germany in Dublin that saw us miss out on qualification.
Our natural timidity did for us at a time when we had no genuine world class player(s) to call our own.
Even the smaller Celtic nations of Northern Ireland and Wales found a deep inner resolve to get them over the line.
Wales especially given the hard luck stories they've had over the years. They will play at their first major tournament since 1958 next year.
Yes, Gareth Bale is an outstanding talent but they've had world class players before and still failed to qualify.
A lack of belief was usually their downfall - they have it now and Scotland need to follow their example quickly.
Regarding our club sides in European competition, given the small resources at their disposal, no one expected much from Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Inverness except to hope that they were able to punch above their weight.
The predicted early exits ensued - although the hysterical reactions from some members of the fourth estate would have you thinking that these were big English Premiership clubs with budgets of millions to play with that had gone out.
Not clubs to whom paying out anything above £100,000 to sign a player would be considered to be 'a risky investment for such a large sum'.
And certainly not clubs who pack out 60,000 capacity stadia.
Speaking of which.
Celtic continue to dominate the domestic scene - having resources that dwarf everyone else's tends to help - but in Europe, there was the real flop.
No one expected for a minute that Celtic would compete for silverware on the European stage.
An allowance could even be made for missing out on the cash-cow that is Champions League group stage.
But not to be in the Europa League after December? Poor show - all the more so considering that they were placed in a group that they had the resources to successfully qualify from.
Elsewhere, it was a mixed year for the capital clubs.
Hearts steamrollered the second tier and were so dominant that they clinched promotion back to the top flight before the clocks went forward.
Life in the Premier league has been pretty good so far for them - some inconsistencies (in terms of performance) do infuriate the support at times but given the memory of narrowly surviving liquidation in 2014 is still fresh in the mind, an unusual sense of perspective hovers over Tynecastle.
Although the sooner head coach Robbie Neilson does away with this daft idea of trying to convert strikers and centre-midfielders into wingers (Osman Sow and Prince Buaben, you have my sympathy) then maybe the fluidity that was the mark of the team last season will return.
Hibs on the other hand blew promotion.
It was theirs for the taking - Lord knows what manager Alan Stubbs was thinking of being all gung-ho in the first leg of the promotion semi-final against Rangers.
Didn't someone point out that this was a two-legged affair instead of a one-off game?
Rangers racked up a 2-0 first leg lead and were able to defend that cushion in the return match.
In the final, it would be Rangers who made the same mistake as Stubbs.
They attacked Motherwell with all guns blazing at Ibrox only to be picked off at will on the counter-attack.
Over the two legs, it would be the Steelmen, not the three-year-old club, who would be playing in the top-flight this season.
As ever with Rangers though, it is events off the field that are providing the main spectacle instead of what is happening on the pitch.
The boardroom Punch n' Judy Show continues with Dave King already breaking the promises made ahead of his now infamous off-license coup last March.
He was to appoint a Nomad to represent the club on the Stock Exchange within two days of taking over at Ibrox.
He didn't have one - end result being that the Square Mile suits threw Rangers out of the City.
He said he had "north of £20million" to invest.
For a man of so much wealth, he's not half been gathering up a lot of 'soft loans' to keep his new toy running.
Any other club owner would be run out of town by now - or at the very least exposed to be incompetent in the press.
But there lies the rub.
When some fourth estate members throw investigative analysis in the bin ("aye boys, thon likes o' Pilger, Hersch n' Fisk errr overrated n'that eh" etc) then, to paraphrase Alex Thomson from Channel 4 News, all bets are off.
Lamb can be bought at a reasonable price if you shop around and need not to be served to you by charlatans who promise moonbeams, casinos and wine-cellars.
Rangers - and indeed other football clubs - have their own PR departments.
They and those other clubs do not need extra assistance (even if the clubs are grateful for it).
King has been extremely fortunate that those charged with scrutinising his words and practices have not adequately done so,
However, that only buys him a little bit of time to keep his castle propped up on the sandy foundations it appears to be built on.
Next year could see him either magically conjure up this infamous warchest or be chewed up and spat out like a cheap cut of Ostrich steak by Mike Ashley - the Rangers shareholder who really holds all the aces in the pack.
Regarding the club that used to play at Ibrox, a few chickens came home to roost when the Big Tax Case appeal went the way of the taxman.
Given the unequivocal findings of that hearing, there was no wriggle room given for anyone who still thinks that the use of EBTs by Rangers (1872-2012) offered no sporting advantage.
So, titles won in that era to be declared null and void (just as cycling and rugby league have done with recent instances of cheating in their own fields)?
Behave - this is the SFA we are talking about. The sort of organisation who would point the guns of Singapore the wrong way just as the Japanese Imperial Army were about to invade.
For reasons known only to themselves, the SFA seem to be like a rabbit in front of headlights when it comes to either of the institutions that have plied their trade from Ibrox.
However, if you're a part-time club with low gates who happened to field an ineligible player in a cup tie, by God they will go out of their way to show you their Apollo Creed impressions.
The upcoming year may finally see houses being put in order, much-needed changes being implemented and integrity being given a clean and polish given the muck that's been dumped on it since June 2012.
One can hope but one also suspects that some of the above - come December 2016 - may be getting another airing.
Hell mend those responsible if they do.