The Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) Premiership Committee meeting tonight could turn into an explosive affair with a host of clubs frustrated by the "closed door" approach of those tasked with providing guidance for a conclusion to the season.
The 12 top-flight clubs will be represented at the video conference with the NIFL Steering Committee also in attendance.
The Steering Committee will outline their proposals to conclude the 2019-2020 campaign with the IFA demanding a decision by Friday in order to inform Uefa.
Last month, the NIFL board and Steering Committee faced criticism after announcing they would delay decisions on this season until June 30. While there is relief that the process has been accelerated, there are serious concerns about how things have been handled.
Several top-flight sides claim not to have had any contact from the NIFL Steering Group or board since the last Premiership Committee meeting on May 13 even though a statement from NIFL declared "this process will include further consultation with all member clubs to ensure all views are considered".
There is also serious concern about the make-up of the five-man NIFL Steering Committee, understood to have been chosen by the NIFL board. Linfield and Cliftonville are represented on both which many feel should not be the case.
Another worry is that clubs fear an "unacceptable scenario" where they would not be allowed to vote on the proposals with the NIFL board making the final call. Some believe it is possible the situation could result in a carve-up to suit certain clubs rather than the league as a whole.
Football in Northern Ireland was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic with seven games remaining in the top-flight. Since then, the IFA have been in talks with the NI Executive about when the sport can come back.
The IFA are determined to play out the Irish Cup, which is at the semi-final stage, regardless of the decisions taken in relation to finishing the league season.
As the Sunday Life reported at the weekend, the Steering Committee will present various options tonight including a contentious plan to play the two outstanding rounds of pre-split fixtures, taking each team to 33 games - having faced each opponent three times - and conclude the Premiership campaign with the title race plus relegation and European places decided. Games would be played behind closed doors.
Other proposals include declaring the season null and void with no champions or relegation, or ratifying the table as it stands now and declaring table-topping Linfield as champions and sending bottom side Institute down, or a wild card suggestion to reflect the standings after 22 games whereby there would be no title winners but Cliftonville would take the Champions League spot with Linfield and Glentoran entering the Europa League. European places and the finance that comes with them are key.
A major fear for the NIFL board is the prospect of legal challenges depending on the outcome.
One club official, who did not wish to be named, said: "Some clubs have been blinded by European money and don't see or seem to care what could happen to the rest of the league."
Another source added: "It is strange that people or clubs can sit on the Steering Committee and on the board. That should not have happened. There is a feeling that the Premiership clubs on the board and Steering Committee have adopted a closed door approach to the rest of us."
Institute chairman Bill Anderson stated: "Why have the Steering Group not been encouraging wider discussion? The only consultation that has taken place with my club was at the Premiership Committee meeting on May 13 which was 10 weeks after football was stopped here. There has been nothing since."
Other clubs will tell a similar story. At the last Premiership Committee meeting, the majority of clubs were of the opinion the season should be concluded with no more games. Tonight comes round two.
As his club aren't involved in the title race, in contention to qualify for Europe or threatened by relegation, Carrick Rangers chairman Peter Clarke has no axe to grind.
He said: "All clubs said all decisions should be based on health and wellbeing of players, sporting integrity and financial sustainability. The two-game proposal fails on all counts.
"How is there sporting integrity unless you play the full season? In relation to health of players, playing two games after what would be a shortened pre-season puts them at risk and with financial sustainability we are going to incur a lot more costs with no income because the games would be behind closed doors.
"All I see is cost and risk to players. Being neutral, the option that seems fairest to us as a club is to null and void.
"Instead of spending the next number of weeks trying to get these two games played we should make decisions about this season and spend our time on how we are going to prepare for next season."
Brian Adams (Ards chairman and NIFL board chairman), Gerard Lawlor (Cliftonville chairman and NIFL board vice-chairman), Andrew Conn (Linfield), Colin McKendry (Coleraine), Colin Russell (Knockbreda), Aidan Murphy (Armagh City), Jonathan Madill (Independent), Colin Kennedy (Independent). Andrew Johnston is the Managing Director.
NIFL Covid-19 Steering Committee
Brian Adams (Ards chairman and NIFL board chairman), Gerard Lawlor (Cliftonville chairman and NIFL board vice-chairman), Jack Grundie (Linfield and NIFL Premiership Committee chairman), Trevor McCann (Ballyclare Comrades) and Jonathan Madill (Independent NIFL board member).