All week I've heard how the sporting integrity of football has been questioned by the proposed and now defunct European Super League.
There was an outcry, disgust and a general feeling that elements of competition were being taken away from the game by greedy and selfish club owners.
We were constantly told that this new European Super League could in no way be construed as sport because it was a 'closed-shop League'.
FIFA's President, UEFA's President, football's biggest personalities, pundits, managers, players, the Prime Minister, MPs and passionate supporters of England's 'Big Six' all slammed the concept, while even Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Chairman of the FA, became embroiled in the issue.
What utter and absolute hypocrisy.
Where was the passionate pleas of a lack of sporting integrity last summer when a number of Leagues throughout Europe were being decided by a mathematical formula?
It wasn't competition or sport but basically a computer game for those in power.
Ahead of Liverpool's Premier League match last Monday night at Elland Road we witnessed Leeds players wearing t-shirts which had the phrase 'Champions League - Earn It' written on one side and 'Football is for Fans' on the other, while there was also a huge banner in the stands with the same words.
Well, did Linfield, Celtic and Paris St Germain really 'earn' their titles last season?
They were all in great positions leading their respective Leagues as the pandemic struck and suspended proceedings, but they didn't cross the finish line on the pitch, where football should only ever be decided, so, therefore, no they didn't.
The same can be said about those teams like Institute and Hearts, who were relegated and weren't allowed the opportunity to save themselves on the pitch - despite having enough games left to mount a serious challenge.
Then, outside the top two divisions in England, you had Play-Off teams decided by a mathematical formula but as long as the show was able to go on, then the 'football family' were able to turn a blind eye.
Of course, all the top Leagues around Europe - the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and the Championship in England - all returned to play out their seasons, so the television companies were more than happy.
It's only when they could be adversely affected that they come out all guns blazing.
Sky Sports wheeled out all the angry pundits to decry the European Super League, however last summer they remained silent. Why? Well, it didn't impact their coverage and rights packages.
It didn't suit their narrative.
I found it all incredibly embarrassing, and I include the statement from the Professional Footballers' Association in that because I thought it was disgraceful. Where was your support to those players whose livelihoods were affected by a computer generated system last year?
Maybe because I've always been the underdog throughout my career I like to look out for those teams down the divisions and not just focus on the 'Big Six', and I think criticism and support should be consistent for what is happening to the smaller clubs as well as the big boys.
Then you have the slogan 'Football is for the fans, it's driven by the fans'.
What b******t and utter naivety.
It should be, but in the real world football is business first and foremost. When I was a player, and I've alluded to this before, I basically had to turn myself into a business to have a career in the game. Players are now commodities, money rules and fans are just seen as consumers.
For instance, would last year's Scottish Premiership have been able to conclude if they didn't need to start their big money new television deal with a new season in August?
Those in business, and who are in charge of the purse strings, will always try and get bigger and stronger. Therefore, I'm convinced last week's European Super League leak, followed by an announcement, was more of a show of strength by the top clubs in world football. They were telling UEFA and FIFA, 'Look at what we can do if we really want to'.
It was no coincidence that news of the ESL broke on the eve of UEFA's all-powerful Executive Committee discussing reforms to the Champions League and just ahead of UEFA's Annual Congress - it was to cause maximum impact and dominate the agenda.
I'm glad the 'Big Six' in England relented because while I don't like the hypocrisy of some of the arguments, I agree it would be poor for football.
The best game I have watched this season was Bayern Munich against Paris St Germain in the Champions League but, as good as the match was, I wouldn't want to watch it every week. You don't always have to have the best of the best going up against each other to make it exciting.
Maybe because I'm from Northern Ireland I like to see the smaller teams go up against the big boys with the anticipation that there could be an almighty shock on the cards.
It's why I also view any new cross-border competition here with scepticism and believe it will simply be the big boys in both divisions becoming more powerful and to hell with the rest of them who must watch from the sidelines.
As for the £10m which has been put forward to make the new-look League viable, that's not going to cut it. Maybe £10m per club if they really want a proper, high-quality professional League which is governed correctly.
But if the likes of Linfield, Glentoran and Larne get a huge chunk of the financial pie, what about the smaller clubs around them - Dungannon Swifts, Warrenpoint Town and Carrick Rangers - who still have to play against them in the domestic League? How will they be catered for and looked after?
UEFA, we are led to believe, want to make Leagues stronger across Europe with Belgium and the Netherlands combining, eastern European countries coming together and an all-Ireland competition.
But is that not them looking after the big boys and leaving the smaller clubs to fend for themselves? A bit like the European Super League.
Football is now just full of hypocrites…
When Kyle Lafferty left Italian club Reggina in December, I honestly thought his career may be over.
I feared for his future, where he would find a new club, and at 33-years-old, with him carrying quite a bit of baggage from an eventful career, who would take him on?
Tommy Wright at Kilmarnock stepped up, offered big Laffs a deal until the end of the season and I believe, having scored 10 goals in eight appearances, he has repaid his faith in him.
As a former coach on Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland backroom set-up, Tommy would have watched how to get the best out of Kyle. He's not Tommy's usual type of player, in terms of how he gets on, but with Killie struggling for goals he needed to do something drastic, and I believe the move has worked out well for both parties.
Killie have moved out of the Scottish Premiership relegation zone and are still in the Scottish Cup - they face St Mirren tomorrow night.
Kyle is playing with a smile on his face and that is the biggest difference for me. He doesn't appear distracted, but happy, and that is when he is at his best.
His contract is up at the end of the season, but I really hope Tommy and Killie offer him a new deal.
I know he is 33 but, now he is content, he actually might have more mileage in him than most people think because I honestly can't remember Kyle having a really bad injury.
Look, he's not one to spend hours in the gym but he keeps himself in good enough nick.
I'm delighted he's back banging in the goals, seems content and, above all, has a smile on his face again.