The season is drawing to a close and going by the state of some people, you would think that they've found out that Santa knows about them nicking the last chocolate biscuit from the tin and might not turn up with a stocking-load of presents.
The backend of May 2015 had been earmarked in the diaries as long as three years ago.
As to why this was the case, you have to go back to the summer of 2012 when Rangers' 140 years of history came to an end with their liquidation.
It was a seismic event which proved that while top clubs usually compete for honours, they are also a major slip-up away from taking a very big fall.
Hearts a year later would find this out. While liquidation was not the final outcome for them, it was avoided by the skin of its teeth.
Dundee have previously sailed close to the wind, as have Motherwell and Partick Thistle. Big or small, if you mess up on the pitch and indeed off it, no ladder in the world will prop you up.
So when Rangers reformed, were allowed to become an affiliate member of the Scottish Football Association under its new guise and told to start again in the fourth tier, many people set the timer to May 2015.
That time has come and three years ago, those same people were expecting to acclaim the new version of Rangers as having won promotion to the top flight of Scottish football.
They may still do that but it is not going to be by the expected route of an easy romp with points to spare as second tier champions.
Hearts have spoiled that particular plan. Those of a Rangers ilk had not been expecting the Edinburgh side being present to hamper a supposedly unstoppable march to the top.
Some have said this was unexpected. Three months after the new version of Rangers was formed, there was a clear indication that they might be facing Hearts in a competitive league earlier than expected.
The Edinburgh side, high from the success of winning the Scottish Cup, found itself broke. It had been coming but as with Rangers, many people were in denial that this would happen. But it did.
Eventually things came to a head but many accepted their fate that the price of survival would be relegation into the second tier... right at the time when Rangers were marching towards it.
Another spanner in the works for the big Govan plan was Hibs dropping down as well.
Nothing majorly financial about this fall. Their failing was abysmal performances on the pitch which would result in them, after 40 games of competitive football, being deemed not good enough to be in the top flight for the following season.
Three clubs, all with big potential, slugging it out in a lower tier of the Scottish Football League.
There for a variety of reasons but all of their own making and, in the cold light of day, deservedly so.
Rack up a debt so big that you have to fold and reform? Pay the penalty.
Overspend and fall into administration? Pay the penalty.
Play so dismally that every other team relegates you? Pay the penalty.
Two of the three took it on the chin and focussed on working hard to win promotion. One has already done so with considerable ease. The other can still do so via the playoffs.
As for the final member of this trio, despite being culpable for their former self's demise, Rangers, be it board member, manager, fans, player, ex-player, ex-player's mates, ex-player's goldfish...etc, have constantly moaned about 'injustice' and how everyone in Scottish football 'stabbed them in the back' while failing to grasp that their predicament was by their own hand.
What the actual purpose of creating this footballing illusion of the 1919 Versailles treaty is remains a mystery. However, going along with this line has ensured that eyes have been taken off the ball and the mistakes of old have not been learned - as the 'Weimar Republic-like' financial lunacy that has the new Rangers dangling perilously close to having to conjure up a newer new Rangers if a certain King in the Ibrox boardroom doesn't come up with the cash that he claimed to have had.
It is because of the bonkers economics that still hangs heavy around Edmiston Drive that has some people in a panic about promotion.
Both Hearts and Hibs said at the start of the season that they had planned for a worst case scenario of not winning promotion and had budgeted accordingly to take in an extra year in the second tier if one was necessary.
Hearts can discard that plan. Hibs will, for the time being, keep it on ice just in case.
One suspects that unlike the capital clubs, Rangers have not planned for this and are panicking somewhat about the financial hit they will take if they once more have to entertain the likes of Livingston, Raith and Falkirk next season.
Cue people trumpeting the line of, "SCOTTISH FITBA NEEDS RANGERS AT THE TOP!!! etc".
The below graph, compiled by the London Hearts Supporters Club, has been put up in a previous blog entry on this site but it is worth showing it again.
Ex-players now masquerading as pundits trot out the tired old line of how football in Scotland needs Rangers in the top flight without presenting any statistical evidence to back this statement up. Even more of a concern is such a view goes unquestioned.
Back in 2012, the game's beaks at Hampden cried wolf in the form of 'Armageddon' if the new Rangers were not parachuted into the top flight and then the second tier.
Bluff was called back then and the bluff is still being called now. Scottish football has coped. Yes Celtic still dominate the league title but save for the odd period, that trophy has usually been Glasgow-bound. It just no longer has blue ribbons on it these days.
Other clubs have had success in the cups or in terms of European qualification. Armageddon didn't arrive except for the possible exception of one club that is currently staring at it - Rangers.
There stands the real reason for the clamour to have Rangers in the top flight of Scottish football.
It is to save one particular neck and one neck only. Some, like former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, have disingenuously tried to tag Hearts and Hibs into this argument by saying that Scottish football's top league needs them as well.
You will be hard pushed to find anyone of a maroon or green persuasion in the capital who suffers from such delusions of grandeur.
Both sets of fans believe that Hearts and Hibs have no divine right to be in the Premiership. Had the former not won promotion and should the latter slip up next week in their own bid, it is unlikely that such a whinge would be heard.
Can the same be said of Rangers should they not win promotion?
You could try but if they fail to do so, it will only be a matter of how many minutes it will take for a pundit or a fan to belt out: "IT'S A DISGRACE WE'RE NOT IN THE TOP LEAGUE - IT NEEDS US!!!... etc ad nauseum".
In fact, scrub that, the moaning has already started with the aforementioned Barry Ferguson who in his column with a national newspaper seems to suggest that the top league be gerrymandered in order to accommodate a certain club.
That stunt was tried before at Hampden in the summer of 2012 and was soundly and rightly rejected.
Ferguson tries to give supporting weight to his argument by saying the top flight needs both Edinburgh and Dundee derbies.
Let's not beat around the bush - I don't believe he is really concerned as to whether or not Hearts, Hibs, Dundee United and Dundee are in the top flight.
He is focussed on the team he wants in that division and that is Rangers. Ferguson is only pulling in the east coast clubs into this discussion to try and ward off that accusation - a poor attempt which is easily seen through.
What was the line most commonly used when Hearts were doomed to relegation last season?
It was: "Sorry but you broke the rules and must pay the price".
There was little talk of: "WE MUST DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP HEARTS IN THE TOP FLIGHT!!! blah, blah etc..."
In any case, a majority of Hearts supporters would have dismissed that as utter nonsense. Indeed, they accepted the 15-point deduction and the accompanying transfer embargo.
When Hibs went down can anyone remember an outcry of: "WE MUST DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP HIBS IN THE TOP FLIGHT!!! blah, blah etc and I'm sure you all get the point by now...."?
No there wasn't. One struggles to remember such talk when the Easter Road club was relegated back in 1998. Their fans took the drop on the chin.
Dundee had, until recently, missed it's derby for many years due to the blue half's financial problems and not being good enough to win promotion sooner than it actually did.
Where was the clamour from pundits like Ferguson to engineer the top flight in order to restore and preserve the Dundee derby in that division?
Again, this attempt to draw the east coast clubs into this argument is disingenuous as Ferguson and his ilk are only looking to serve their own self interest.
The league should be expanded. I've been arguing this point for the last 30 years when it became apparent that a 10 or a 12-club top division was far from ideal.
Sixteen has always been my preference but I'm amiable to the argument of 18. As long as the monotony of playing each team four times a season is taken away. Twice is enough.
But lay out the prospect of Rangers not arriving in the top league on schedule and suddenly the backward dinosaurs of Scottish football have all evolved into progressive reformers.
A peculiar thing is self-interest.
Ferguson said in the Daily Record: "I think that finding a set-up which can virtually ensure our top teams are playing in the top table is vital. Cut-out all the rubbish, the Scottish top league needs the likes of Rangers, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen, Dundee United and Dundee."
He seems to forget that such a plan might have only protected Hibs and Dundee from their respective relegations.
Hearts went down because of financial mismanagement and the points penalty it deservedly incurred.
The Rangers team Barry Ferguson played for would have been kicked out regardless of how big the top flight was - remember, they finished second in that final campaign. Liquidation doesn't discriminate on league position.
As for "cutting out the rubbish", no disrespect to lower league teams, but surely having potential so-called cannon-fodder in an expanded league would help the 'big boys' in terms of staying up?
And as for rubbish, given Ferguson is manager of Clyde, a bit disrespectful towards his current employer? Especially when you bear in mind it has won more Scottish Cups than Hibs and Dundee and as many as Dundee United.
Ferguson tries to justify his cause further by concluding: "We’re a small country and need our strongest teams in our strongest league if we’re going to maximise our potential."
Well Barry, if Rangers, or Hibs for that matter seeing as you claim to care for their well-being too, are strong enough to win the playoffs, then they will be there.
If they don't, then they are clearly not strong enough.
The best teams in Scotland will be in the top flight next season - no matter what their names are.