Coleraine ace Ben Doherty says it would be a "kick in the teeth" if he and his team-mates aren't given the opportunity to chase down Linfield for the Danske Bank Premiership title and a crack at an historic treble.
A seven-match winning run had seen the Bannsiders close to within just four points of leaders Linfield when the season was suspended on March 13 due to coronavirus, with high hopes of turning that around in the final seven games on the back of lifting the League Cup just a month before.
An Irish Cup semi-final date against derby rivals Ballymena United had Oran Kearney's men dreaming of unprecedented success at the Showgrounds.
As football chiefs attempt to thrash out a way to either conclude the season on the pitch or find a satisfactory alternative for all parties, players across the top league remain in limbo having not kicked a ball in more than three months, and a title race that had promised so much excitement at the start of 2020 could be scrapped.
"You always believe that you're in with a shout. There has been a lot of speculation about what is going on and a lot of people having their say, but we have to let the officials make the decisions," said Doherty. "Whenever it is safe to do so I would love to see the season finished.
"It has been such a good season, it has been tight, we won the League Cup, we're in the semi-final of the Irish Cup and we're close to Linfield in the league so it's definitely a big season for us and for it just to be given away would be a kick in the teeth for us. We can only do what we are told and follow the guidelines, but we'll be ready to go whenever everything is back to normal."
The NIFL Steering Group's recommendation that Premiership teams play two more matches and end the season after each team has played each other three times, scrapping the post-split fixtures, now looks the best case scenario for the Bannsiders, although it provides little opportunity to overhaul Linfield and win a first league title since 1974.
If those games do take place, the Blues will face fellow top six sides Glentoran and Larne while the Bannsiders take on Ballymena United and Dungannon. One win for Linfield would be enough to secure the title.