That the Scotland team is in an ongoing process of managed decline is not in doubt.
Our World Cup qualifying campaign is - barring a miracle - over.
Never mind that we lost in a limp performance at Wembley to arch-rivals England (at least the team that lost 9-3 to them in 1961 tried) but the damage has been done elsewhere.
A fortunate draw at home to Lithuania could not even mask the cracks that are there. Supporters walking out a half-time with the game's outcome still in the balance are one of many indicaticators that watching the national team has become painful on the eye - and don't get me started on the appalling new kit that we're playing in.
Slovakia proceeded to rip us to shreads days later with the Scots barely giving the impression of being interested in getting a result.
Yet manager Gordon Strachan remains in his post. Poor results and dire performances would normally have had a Scotland boss run out of town - yet the SFA accept mediocrity to be the pinnacle of achievement.
Who could replace him? Many have demanded Alex Ferguson be tempted out of retirement. Those folk forget that he already had a crack at that job - and with better players to choose from - yet made mistakes (there's a reason why the man himself isn't keen to discuss one of his previous jobs).
A foreign-born manager then? Yes we tried one of those before but not everyone is as cack-handed as Berti Vogts was.
Besides, a walk along the corridors at Hampden will find you at the door of an office occupied by a very successful foreign-born boss.
Anna Signeul has for the best part of a decade worked miracles with the Scotland women's team.
The Swede has taken us from being a team of part-timers just making up the numbers on the international stage to one that has qualified for its first-ever major tournament.
Scotland's women will travel to Holland in the coming summer to compete in the European Championships.
While England will be favourites to win the group, there's no reason to suggest that Scotland cannot cause an upset against the Auld Enemy and get good results against Spain and Portugal.
Given that Scotland will also have one of the world's best players, Kim Little, available, Signeul's women could achieve what her male counterparts have failed to do after qualifying - make it out of the group stage.
Their achievement is also one in the eye for the likes of Gordon Parks of the Daily Record and BBC's Tam Cowan who in the past had poured scorn on the women's game being allowed to exist and receive funding.
It will be interesting if the likes of Parks and Cowan fancy a trip to Holland in July to get out of the office and fly abroad to watch some summertime football.
With Glasgow City and Hibernian Ladies making great strides in European club football as well, the women's game is on a high - despite the scant coverage it receives in the Scottish media (certainly when you compare it with how the English game is covered down south).
It is also proof that the bigwigs at the SFA can make great strides when they put their collective minds to work.
Yet when it comes to the men's version, it appears that all brain cells clear off for a prolonged lunch.
In the club scene, Celtic once again dominate the league - although winning was not enough to keep Ronny Deila in a job.
The appointment of Brendan Rodgers suggests that those who control the Parkhead purse strings not only want to win the league but to do so in style - the Irishman has yet to lose a league fixture at the time of writing.
Ross County's hard work since coming up from the Highland League in 1994 came to fruition when they landed their first-ever major trophy with a 2-1 win over Hibs in the League Cup final.
A trophy Celtic would capture later on during the year as the competition switched back to an autumn final with a convincing 3-0 win over a listless Aberdeen.
The Scottish Cup brought scenes of drama that no one could have imagined with the ramfications still ongoing.
Hibs finally ended their 114-year hoodoo in the competition as a last-minute winner secured a 3-2 against Rangers in what had been one of the most thrilling finals in recent years.
Unfortunately, the Leith side's fans proceeded to cast a shadow over this achievement with a pitch-invasion at full time.
Instead of letting the police deal with things, a section of Rangers fans joined them for an on-pitch battle.
Arrests are still being made by police and appeals for information are still being made as well.
The sun should have been shining on Leith but having finally thrown a century old monkey off their back, unless they can win it again, people will remember the hooliganism more than David Gray's superb late winner.
However, it takes two to tango and Rangers cannot be exempt from criticism given the appalling conduct of their fans who tossed all powers of restraint aside just for the chance of having a square go on the Hampden turf.
Neither can the enthusiastic prophet in their press office who, having spent all year releasing wild-eyed statements, put out the most bonkers one of them all when silence would indeed have been golden for the Ibrox club.
All that aside, the cup victory did put some gloss on a disappointing season for Hibs after they again blew their chances of winning promotion back to the top flight in the play-offs.
It is no guarantee that they will win promotion this season with Dundee United putting in a determined challenge for the one automatic place.
If it's the play-offs for the third year running then you would feel that Hibs would need to win them - for their finances sake.
When Hearts won promotion at the second time of asking in 1983, then-chairman Wallace Mercer remarked that had they spent another year down, changing the club to one of a part-time status would have been a serious consideration.
Assuming there is no cup win repeat, if Hibs still find themselves in the second tier next season then Rod Petrie and Leanne Dempster will have some tough financial calls to make.
Hearts meanwhile continue to hold their own after escaping the jaws of liquidation in 2014.
Robbie Neilson would quit the hotseat in the dugout for the MK Dons job following a third place finish (and European qualification) in the club's first season back in the top flight after promotion.
Highly-rated coach Ian Cathro replaced him although the sneering from so-called experts and pundits suggests that Scottish football has some work to do to purge such backward dinosaurs from the game if it is to progress.
Europe saw all of our teams who qualified perform with little success.
Celtic managed to progress to the European Cup's group stage where a tough section was too hard for them to get over - decent displays against Manchester City aside.
Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs all flopped - admittedly the last of that trio were unlucky not to pull off a dramatic comeback against Danish side Brondby.
Compared with Dundalk of the League of Ireland coming within a victory of making it into the Europa League's knockout stages after Christmas, Scotland's record in Europe doesn't look great.
Fantastic though Dundalk's achievement was, the Irish Republic has seen better performances from their clubs ever since switching their league calendar to a summer/Scandinavian one.
While European ties arrived for our clubs a month before our own season started, Dundalk were midway through theirs and were thus 'battle-hardened' so to speak and match-fit to boot.
One would fancy Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs more if their European ties were played all over again now than coming straight back off the beach and into pre-season.
Many have talked about switching to a summer/Scandinavian calendar - the women's league did and Glasgow City can testify as to how their performances in Europe improved after this was done.
As it will be a long time before the men's teams are allowed a September start in European competition, it is perhaps something for the SFA to seriously consider.
So what of 2017? Celtic will more than likely walk away with the league - although second spot will probably be fought out between Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts.
What will also be interesting will be if Rangers meet the Financial Fair Play rules of Uefa should they qualify for Europe at the end of their inaugural season in the top flight.
The promised over-investment from Dave King has not materialised and with a court battle with Sports DIrect owner Mike Ashley waiting in the wings, yet again what is happening off the field - rather than on it - could have more impact on the fledgling club's future.
The relegation battle seems to be a 'take your pick' affair and it will not be a surprise if it goes down to the wire.
Ditto the promotion race as discussed earlier in this piece.
Scotland's men will no doubt limp along and go through the motions of this wretched World Cup qualifying campaign.
If the great miracle doesn't happen then Gordon Strachan should no longer be the manager.
However, we wish Anna Signeul and her ladies all the best and hope that Scotland's women can do us proud in Euro 2017.
The trophy itself may well be out of reach (Germany, Norway, Denmark and England are expected to be in the final mix) but Signeul's side have it in them to at least reach the quarter-finals.
If they do, then at least it will show Scottish football's heart is still beating.
Despite the many attempts to euthanise the game by others within it.