Irish League legend Colin Nixon has made a passionate plea to the football authorities to "end this shambles" and salvage the NIFL Championship season.
Championship clubs will consider their options in a meeting tonight amid fears their season may have to be abandoned.
The Irish FA could extend the season beyond May 31, allowing clubs more time to fulfil fixtures but in this Covid-19 pandemic it's impossible to plan ahead with any certainty.
Championship clubs are classed as non-elite and haven't been able to get their league campaign under way.
The Danske Bank Premiership, which started in mid-October, is continuing behind closed doors, with weekly Covid-19 testing.
Dundela boss Nixon says the players deserve the chance to play competitive football in a safe environment.
"Our players deserved something, they started training in July and have got nothing out of it," said the former Glentoran captain.
"The players do not deserve to have the season voided.
"It's very frustrating how we have got to this point. Clubs are trying to decide if we can get the season played and I hope we can.
"Some clubs may want to void it and you have to ask the question whether it is financially viable.
"As long as it's safe we would like to play the games. I would be prepared to play any number of games at this stage.
"Despite our concerns, there's far more important things going on in the world and we are mindful of the suffering we are seeing in this pandemic."
Last month the Irish FA were unsuccessful in their efforts to secure elite status for the Irish Cup and the Championship season. The Duns were handed a round of 32 tie at the home of Glentoran where Nixon won the glittering prize six times.
"I'm not worried about the Irish Cup. In my view it can't be played without a Championship season. You can't ask teams to compete against a Premiership side like Glentoran who are half way through their season," added Nixon.
"The safety of everyone comes first, but we shouldn't be in this mad scenario.
"The Championship should have been playing alongside the Premiership and the situation could have been kept under review.
"There's real mental health benefits in this game.
"We won't be playing Irish Cup games unless our league is under way.
"My wish is to get our league going, the Irish Cup is the last thing on our minds."
H&W Welders president Fred Magee, who has given 50 years service to the east-Belfast club, believes the Irish FA need to have a rethink.
"I think the Irish FA may have to abandon the Irish Cup or just play it with the 12 Premiership clubs," argued Magee.
"The Irish FA went ahead with the draw, but we are in lockdown and there's a lot of uncertainty.
"You either bin it, or go for the 12 teams. That's just my view. The teams outside the Premiership haven't been playing competitive football so how could they be ready to play?
"I would never rubbish the Irish Cup, it's a fantastic tournament and I can understand the Irish FA's determination to play it but I'm wondering how can it be played?"