'The end for Scottish football'. Everywhere you turned during the summer you found pundits, journalists and 'experts' referring to this or making some similar prophecy of doom for football in Scotland.
It hasn't quite turned out that way so far.
With the league more open than it's been for years and with Celtic performing above all expectations in the Champions League, there are a few reasons for fans in Scotland to be cautiously optimistic about the state of their game.
Here we take a look at seven of the SPL's hottest prospects, players who are near enough certain to leave in the not so distant future, but who for the minute are lighting up the league.