Irish League fans fear the coronavirus pandemic has robbed them of a thrilling title sprint this year.
League leaders Linfield and their rivals Coleraine - brimming with confidence and eyeing a title, Irish Cup and League Cup treble - caught a whiff of Gibson Cup glory before it was cruelly snatched away.
Of course, the campaign isn't officially over yet but as clubs have little appetite for playing without supporters, time is swiftly running out for matters to be settled on the pitch.
The champions are four points clear of the second placed Bannsiders and 10 ahead of Crusaders and Cliftonville, with every club having seven games left.
In other words, it's still all to play for with regard to the Danske Bank Premiership title but the problem is no-one has been playing football since March.
So should Linfield be awarded what will be their 54th championship?
I can understand Coleraine's frustration but there will be no shame in winning or losing a league in this fashion.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions after the French football season ended early. PSG had a 12-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 with 11 games left to play.
In Scotland, Celtic were awarded their ninth straight title. Final season placings were determined by average points per game, which left Celtic with 2.66 after collecting 80 points from 30 games. Rangers finished second with 2.31 points per game.
If the Irish League season is scrapped and Linfield are awarded the Danske Bank Premiership title it will be celebrated with little enthusiasm at Windsor Park but former Linfield and Coleraine favourite Tony Gorman believes it's a fair result in the extraordinary circumstances.
"We aren't in the privileged position of the bigger nations where they can play games behind closed doors," said Gorman who won two titles with the Blues.
"In Scotland they couldn't have a league without fans so they made a decision to award Celtic the title. We are absolutely no different and while people may say title wins have been tainted, it's the only solution to the problem.
"I don't believe in null and void seasons and Linfield have earned the title. The league table is what it is and if football cannot resume we have to make decisions.
"I can understand Coleraine's frustration but there will be no shame in winning or losing a league in this fashion. We've been halted by a pandemic and have to accept reality.
"We can talk about what ifs and buts but when there's no football being played it's time to be brave and make a decision.
"From Coleraine's perspective, there is no shame or embarrassment in losing a title in this manner, there's just no other way to solve it. The fairest decision for everyone is to award Linfield the league and give the top three teams the European places. I feel for the teams who have been chasing honours and promotion but we have to keep sporting integrity in mind and I would support a 14-team Premiership.
"There needs to be planning done for Europe and next season. I'm a traditionalist in terms of playing from August to May but we will have to see if that's possible."
Gorman, whose previous clubs include Portadown and Crusaders, is struggling to reach an optimistic assessment regarding football's return.
"We haven't done any coaching since early March," added the former midfielder who is head of youth at Letterkenny Rovers. "There's been no real club activity at all. The Munster Senior League were scrapping their season and I think the optimistic outlook is a return in August or September.
"I just feel it might be very difficult for any football to be played this year at all.
"The Government put a five stage plan in place and there's still a fear of another wave of the virus once people become complacent. The League of Ireland are doing Covid-19 testing with four clubs, including Derry City, but I would have concerns about the cost of it all.
"My son Dale came back from Newport about seven weeks ago but they scrapped League Two because the clubs discovered that the testing and all the health measures accompanying it would cost £25,000 a week. Smaller clubs can't sustain that."
The Irish FA has granted the Northern Ireland Football League an extension up to July 31 to finish their season by this date 'if they so desire'.
• All of the coronavirus tests carried out on players and staff at Derry City and three other League of Ireland clubs have returned negative results.
Meanwhile, Ruaidhri Higgins has left Dundalk to join Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny's backroom staff.