Last weekend, Celtic were eventually put out of their misery and lost their grip on the Scottish Premiership trophy after a disappointing season.
The trophy that has been a mainstay in the Parkhead cabinet for the last nine years will now be moving across the city to rivals Rangers as they deservedly clinched the main prize with seven games to spare.
Everyone connected with Celtic has known for a long time - too long for their liking - that the title was slipping away and there was very little they could do about it.
Confirmation of that didn't come as a shock but the players and staff alike must use that empty feeling as motivation to regroup, refocus and attempt to win back the title they have come to know as theirs.
Before all that, though, majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has some decisions to make, with major rebuilding to do on and off the pitch.
The Celtic fans are desperate for some information as to what Desmond's plans are for the new management set-up.
Whatever it is, they are hoping it will reinvigorate them and inspire the players more to the point. There's lethargy and frustration, among many things, from Celtic supporters towards the club as they feel they've been taken for granted and mainly ignored after their concerns earlier this season fell on deaf ears.
The next move for Desmond, with that in mind, is a crucial one, probably his biggest in many years because it will either galvanise everyone once again or further deflate a support that is at a low ebb.
There seems to be enthusiasm for a director of football, someone who can oversee the football department and take the heat off the manager so he can concentrate on getting things right on the pitch.
It's a role that many top clubs around Europe utilise very well, so it's an interesting dynamic. After this season's disappointment, it's even more evident that the players need to hit the ground running next campaign.
Throw into the mix a major rebuild of the squad - meaning that gelling them together quickly is essential and will keep the new incumbent fully occupied - then a helping hand could be the answer.
If indeed that is to be the case then the director of football role must be filled before the new full-time manager is installed.
The main reason for that is the manager has to fit the profile of the club and understand the structure and set-up he's coming into. There can't be any grey areas as that can cause friction, so having a structure already in place for the manager to step in eliminates those concerns. It has to be a relationship built on trust and transparency.
If, however, a standalone manager is the preferred path the club want to consider then I can't help but feel it has to be an experienced candidate who has built a successful squad before.
It would likely have to be someone who knows the transfer market and has previously shown he can get the best out of his players.
To delve further into the director of football route, that could open up the possibility of a young and ambitious coach to come in and work under a more experienced figurehead.
Current interim manager John Kennedy and highly thought of Manchester City Under-23s coach Enzo Maresca are the two names that keep coming up. Their lack of frontline managerial experience could be balanced with a high-profile director of football.
I know Celtic think very highly of Kennedy as a coach and have high hopes for him. It's my understanding that at some stage the plan was to appoint him as the Celtic manager.
Brendan Rodgers would ideally have taken Kennedy with him to Leicester, but such was the regard Celtic held him in the club insisted he stayed put to keep some sort of continuity under Neil Lennon.
John has had his public interview for the job in the last two Premiership games and, if I'm honest, it's hard to judge him on those results.
He's taking charge of a group of players who are subdued and have clearly underperformed in a season that was filled with so much hope, yet it hasn't materialised. I imagine Desmond and the Celtic board will take that into consideration.
As for Maresca, he was hand-picked by Pep Guardiola to prepare Manchester City's next generation of young players after working with Manual Pellegrini at West Ham. Like Kennedy, Maresca lacks working at the cutting edge of senior management, but the affiliation with Guardiola could be viewed as an attractive proposition.
Celtic have recently had a good relationship with Man City, with Patrick Roberts, Oliver Ntcham and Jeremie Frimpong swapping the Etihad for Parkhead, so I do wonder how much that could play a part in it.
The main question with a less experienced manager is do the risks outweigh the rewards even with a director of football in place?
I don't think Celtic are in a position to take a gamble or be viewed as a project that could take a few years to come to fruition.
The club's supporters have enjoyed an incredible amount of success recently, however with that brings greater demands that in their eyes need to be met. Watching their rivals celebrate winning the league will have hurt them more than most.
They will want a resurgent, strong and competitive team next season to reclaim that top prize, so a work in progress set-up isn't ideally what they want to hear. Patience and football in Glasgow aren't usually in the same sentence.
I just feel a new and untried manager stepping into the cauldron at Celtic where winning is the only option could be too big a risk at this time for Desmond.
He himself is looking to rebuild his own relationship with fans, so a high-profile appointment could be a good start. Season tickets for next campaign are also up for renewal in the coming weeks, so positive news could help push those along nicely - after all, Desmond is a successful businessman.
Whatever direction Celtic decide to go in, the decision will be scrutinised and debated from all angles; they always are. The one given is the only way to appease people is to deliver silverware.