In a recent article about Charles Green, one of his quotes suggested that if the Rangers fans didn't want to return to the SPL then neither did the club.
He said: "I can't make up [with the SPL]. If the Rangers fans can make up, get on with it. But Charles Green will never forget what the SPL has done and that's why I am against going back where we were told we weren't wanted."
Assuming the club gets into a position to re-enter the SPL, which is an assumption most people will make, is it true that Rangers fans would not want to go back?
Without a scientific poll it's impossible to tell for sure, but if I may be so bold as to believe I have the finger on the pulse of the majority of the Light Blues' support, then I may be able to give a reasonably intelligent answer.
But, first, it all comes down to the SPL investigation by Lord Nimmo-Smith into allegations Rangers used EBTs as a double-contract.
If the SPL investigation - which Rangers don't acknowledge - does not remove SPL titles and finds Rangers with no case to answer, or at worst gives a nominal fine, then it's very likely that the Rangers fans will enjoy going into the SPL to win it.
However, the leaked draft-documents that supposedly show the SPL (and SFA) trying to push Rangers into Division 1 in return for removing titles and cups, even though there had been no investigation and an appeal was not allowed, have removed confidence from Rangers and the fans that the title-stripping has not already been pre-determined.
(In fact, Charles Green was recently cleared by the SFA for bringing the game into disrepute when he himself questioned the SPL investigation.)
If the SPL investigation does remove titles from Rangers' history, then I don't think it too much of an exaggeration to believe the fans will see no way back. Fines and transfer bans can be forgotten about, but removing titles is different.
The former relate to the club and are obstacles that can be overcome, but the latter is an attempt to remove memories. Memories of enjoying moments with your family and friends. Memories of hard-working and honest players or management, winning fair and square on the pitch.
To remove those on the basis of an administrative error to a tax scheme, which was legal at the time and was never hidden, is something few fans would ever forget.
It's completely plausible that any Rangers board would be forced by the fans not to enter the SPL until any lost titles were given back. The consequences for the Scottish game would be much worse than anything seen lately.
Rangers were like a feather in the wind this summer, and were mostly powerless against the wishes of the SPL and SFA as to how the money they generate is used. But in four years' time, it will be different. Once again, Rangers will be masters of their own destiny.
If this season's trends continue, with the most TV viewers and highest attendances going to the SFL, then long-term sponsorship in the game will be reduced, split or disappear.
There will be two power blocs vying for power and money, and this could leave the SFA with a huge problem over who really is the top football body in Scotland. It will tear the game apart once again and will almost certainly lead to the financial collapse of a few clubs.
Of course, many will just see more Charles Green hyperbole, but even he might not realise that refusing a return to the SPL, in its current form, is no empty gesture from the support.
PA PhotosCharles Green says he cannot forget what the SPL has done to Rangers