So, where do we go from here?
Perhaps nowhere if the league season cannot be extended into August.
Answers please on a Zoom call with the Irish FA or Northern Ireland Football League.
The mood was very different on February 15 when the music was pumping out of the Coleraine dressing room after their League Cup final win over Crusaders and the post-match thoughts turned to a possible treble.
Fast forward 17 weeks and we are still worried about Covid-19, clubs are arguing over European money and we still don't know if the season can be finished on the pitch.
The first thing that should be said is that if the remaining Premiership and Championship matches cannot be played, there is no fairness in any of this.
It's not fair on Linfield who were closing in on the title, it's not fair on Coleraine who were only four points behind with seven games remaining, it's not fair on all the clubs chasing down a European place, it's not fair on the sides pursuing Irish Cup glory, it's not fair to relegate Institute, it's not fair on Portadown who wanted to be crowned champions by playing out their fixtures and it's not fair on the other Championship sides chasing promotion.
Are we simply going to say, 'Well, that's sporting integrity, get over it'?
And is all this talk about sharing European money a complete waste of time?
The Irish FA suggested that Uefa rules prevent money being split between clubs but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to recognise that it's featured heavily in the discussions over how to end the season.
When Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson was asked this week if Uefa money clubs gain from qualifying for Europe can be shared, he replied: "There's a really specific regulation on that. I haven't checked the Europa League one but within the Champions League regulations it's 59.03 and Uefa make it very clear a participating club may not share any of the money with a third party except with the prior express approval of Uefa, so it's a very irregular thing.
"We've spoken to Uefa and they say the only country in their history who have done this is Gibraltar, who are very new to the whole football family, so it would have to be something where there was a unanimous decision from our clubs for them to even consider it."
So it's not straightforward then, particularly when it's understood that the league's top two sides, Linfield and Coleraine, are not in favour of European funds being shared.
Uefa, if they recognise the challenges clubs in smaller countries have faced during this Covid-19 pandemic and the need for leagues to continue to prosper, might consider any request to share the money favourably.
Glentoran have offered to share European money if they win the Irish Cup but what happens if the league IS played out in August and we have clubs who are champions, Irish Cup winners and have earned the prize money?
Clubs insist they aren't prepared to play league games behind closed doors but their desire to play the remaining fixtures remains strong, after a suitable period of training time, allowing the players to be match fit.
If the season is over, could we have a scenario where one club, ahead of another by four points with seven games remaining, walks away with the league title, the prize money, a Champions League place, the European money and perhaps not even playing on the continent?
The teams who miss out on European windfalls in this curtailed season will feel frustrated and even more so if the clubs don't go on and play in Europe.
"The Irish FA have talked about Uefa's rules but it appears it (the sharing of finances) can be done," said one club official. "Patrick Nelson did say in the meeting with clubs that the Association could write to Uefa and it has been done before in Holland.
"Statements are sometimes put out to create doubt but where is the sporting integrity and fairness in titles, European places and relegation being handed out when the season isn't finished? We want a league that is sustainable."
For a long time this year, clubs have been concerned that they could "miss the boat" for Europe, fearing Uefa will move on without them.
In a normal year, an Irish League side could be playing a Europa League qualifier this month.
But the Covid-19 crisis has kicked everything down the road with last season's European competitions still to be concluded. The Champions League final and Europa League final could be played in late August.
Uefa's executive committee will meet in a video conference on Wednesday and it's fair to say they have a lot to sort out.
So, when will the early qualifying rounds of next season's competitions take place and how would that affect the domestic season?
The Irish League winners were scheduled to take part in a four-team tournament with only the winners proceeding in the Champions League and the three other teams dropping into the Europa League qualifiers. But that was before a global pandemic intervened.
Linfield's heroics in Europe last summer, when they came agonisingly close to the group stages of the Europa League, was a reminder of what they are capable of on the continent and in financial terms, Irish League clubs can strike gold. Progress in Europe and you can hit the £1m jackpot but for any club qualifying for European football, the £220,000 payment is a cash windfall that can keep the business thriving.
Seven clubs were chasing a Euro spot through the league or Irish Cup when football was suspended back in March and, as the days pass, clubs are supposed to be nominated for European competition by August 3.
There's been talk of nominating three teams for Europe based on their league positions after 22 games (Cliftonville, Linfield and Glentoran were the top three) but fans have blasted that proposal and it's easy to understand why.
It's been pointed out that Linfield and Larne had only played each other once in the first 22 games, so it was not a true record of every team facing each other home and away.
Journalist Steven Crawford pointed out that Premiership teams had only played each other home and away after 27 games had been completed.
Crusaders were quick to suggest a sharing of the European pot. Club treasurer Tommy Whiteside explained: "We submitted a discussion document on this because the league hasn't finished and we didn't want a public fall-out.
"After travel expenses, we looked at splitting the money across all the clubs. They are losing money every month and some will go bankrupt if we have to play without fans for a long period. I'm also not sure there will be qualifiers for Irish League clubs or the bottom 16 nations for that matter. There could be one play-off game then straight to the group stage."
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter added: "The plan the club presented was aimed at benefiting everyone and it's right there shouldn't be an even distribution. You can't say the bottom four teams should get the same as the top four. You've got to consider what clubs have achieved but I think sharing the money among clubs is a good idea."
Among those who have argued for a share of the European money are Glentoran manager Mick McDermott, Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey, Sky Blues chairman John Taggart, former Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce and Larne owner Kenny Bruce.
McDermott said: "Let's put it on record, the clubs that don't want to split the money. All I've heard in this pandemic is, 'We're in this together'. NHS, schools, kids, everybody in life helping their neighbours but Irish League football? Nah, we're not in this together."
But there is often another side to a story.
Linfield will argue what more can they do? All clubs have played 31 matches and they are four points in front, surely that has to count for something.
There's a feeling at Windsor Park that other clubs are being opportunistic. Why should Institute or Warrenpoint Town be just as entitled as the Blues to claim European money? Surely it's earned through performances and league placings. Is that not what sporting integrity is?
Blues chairman Roy McGivern made his feelings very clear when he said: "This club, along with others, has invested heavily to improve our performance and to enhance the position of the Irish League within a European context.
"It is imperative, therefore, that European places and the resulting revenues are awarded solely on merit and we would reject what we view as opportunistic calls for a wider distribution of European incomes."
One Linfield supporter told me: "My view is that if the Uefa competitions, including qualifying rounds, proceed in 2020 then the participating clubs should receive all monies due as normal. If these qualifying rounds do not proceed then it will be a matter for Uefa to determine how clubs are compensated. I am not aware of European monies being shared out amongst clubs in any other league so I'm not sure why we are even having the debate."
Larne manager Tiernan Lynch takes the same view as the club's owner, Bruce.
"I would share the European money among all the clubs in these difficult financial times," said Lynch. "We are all in this together and we all have our backs against the wall.
"This is a good opportunity for us to stand united and say let's look after the 12 clubs but I didn't necessarily believe it would happen.
"I can see Linfield's argument, they are top of the league, but they weren't 20 points clear. I'm not saying they wouldn't have won the league but it wasn't a gimme. It was far from over."
Perhaps there's no need to worry and Uefa will do the honourable thing and allow our clubs to play in the Champions League and Europa League qualifiers. Forget about that idea of making sure Barcelona are on the television in October.
For starters, the government would need to lift travel restrictions and quarantine rules.
One Irish League fan who keeps a close eye on Uefa remarked: "Naturally many teams have their own selfish financial motives. Even as a Crusaders supporter I think it wouldn't be right to take European money for finishing third on goal difference.
"Would it be possible for the clubs to take the European prize money and then distribute it equally amongst each other with legal guarantees as a gesture of sporting solidarity with each other? Uefa could not object to that as it is in the spirit of sportsmanship."
The Irish FA have been put under pressure to raise this matter with Uefa.
It's been a traumatic week for Irish League football and it's easy to criticise those who are trying to solve the puzzle.
There is no fair solution other than to play the games.