Rangers boss Walter Smith has again made a passionate defence of the Scottish game.
Questions have been raised as to the standard of the Scottish game given no sides will remain in European competitions beyond Christmas.
Celtic have failed to get into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, while Gers suffered a shock loss to Lithuanian minnows FBK Kaunas in qualifying for the elite competition in August.
But Smith believes critics should look at the bigger historical picture before rushing in to condemn the Scottish game.
The Gers boss, whose side play Hearts in the SPL on Saturday, said: "I think we have a situation where my own club faced a real disappointment - probably one of my biggest disappointments career-wise - in the game against Kaunas.
"But we only have to look back five or six months when Celtic had qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League for the second year in a row before eventually losing to AC Milan, Aberdeen had qualified for the Uefa Cup and lost to Bayern Munich and we went on a run that took us to the final of the Uefa Cup.
"The national team was also at its highest level ever at that stage and everyone was saying everything in the garden was rosy.
"Now it's doom and gloom over a matter of months. I don't think it quite works like that.
"While it makes really good headlines and while other clubs, like ourselves, may be disappointed in the way they've played, I don't think it's a mirror image of football overall.
"Scottish football, historically at European level, has had ups and downs.
"I don't think we are a strong enough nation to gain major consistency and we never have been. Celtic reaching two European finals in the 1960s and 1970s is probably as consistent as we've been.
"We can't take away from the fact that we've not had good results and I can only comment on my own team's one, which was a bad one.
"But I don't agree that the football is as bad as everyone is making out and I don't think it was as great as they were making out a few months ago."
Gers just missed out on the SPL last term after their Uefa Cup campaign and success in the Scottish FA Cup contributed to a fixture backlog.
Asked whether Celtic's exit from Europe will make wrestling the SPL from their grasp even more difficult, Smith smiled: "They are top of the league and they've been in Europe so it has been difficult enough!
"They are showing that they are champions and they have been holding their end up extremely well while they have been playing in Europe. So I don't see that it makes that much of a difference overall.
"To clarify, it wasn't just the European football that we had to play last season, it was the way the fixture backlog came so there were other aspects other than the European football."
Meanwhile, Gers player Madjid Bougherra believes more money would help the game.
He added: "It's very difficult because in the championship in Scotland there is not a lot of money.
"If there was more money, there would be more good players. Rangers and Celtic are the only teams who have the money.
"This season, both teams were unlucky because they did well last season. We just need to come back and make sure we do better next time."