As Celtic descend upon McDiarmid Park at lunchtime on Saturday, the scent of history in their nostrils owes much to the intervention of central government over a century ago.
As the First World War broke out in the summer of 1914, it was decreed that organised sport would not just continue but be actively encouraged due to the benefit to fitness and morale.
Had Herbert Asquith, the Liberal prime minister of the day, taken an opposing view, Willie Maley’s all-conquering side would have been denied the opportunity to string together 62 domestic games without loss between November 1915 and April 1917.
Brendan Rodgers is 90 minutes away from breaking the British record for unbeaten games
Accordingly, the British record – which could be surpassed on Saturday afternoon – would never have been set.
If Brendan Rodgers’ side do go one game better, there is no question they will have earned every plaudit going.
Because by any stretch of the imagination, the side assembled by the legendary Maley in that period stands comparison with any in the club’s history.
Containing the likes of Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy ‘Napoleon’ McMenemy and ‘The Mighty’ Jimmy Quinn, they were without question the pre-eminent force in the land.