And now that’s been reflected in the cinch SPFL teams of the season.
In the Championship Arbroath pushed title winners Kilmarnock all the way, Dick Campbell’s side only eventually missing out on promotion through the end of season play-offs.
Despite the eventual disappointment, there’s no doubt there were far more positives than negatives over 2021-22.
Michael McKenna was named the second tier’s player-of-the-season thanks to his 15 goals and eight assists in a season where he collected individual accolades from both cinch and the PFA.
He was joined in the Championship’s team of the season by fellow Lichties Ricky Little and Thomas O’Brien.
Down a division in League One, it was yet another campaign which saw Stewart Petrie’s Montrose finish inside the top four.
Amongst their stand-out players was right back Cammy Ballantyne.
Ballantyne recently left Montrose and signed for Airdrie ahead of the 22/23 campaign.
In League Two Gary Irvine’s Forfar Athletic finished runner-up to winners Kelty Hearts.
That obviously saw them included in the promotion play-offs too but they were unable to make an immediate return to League One.
Ross Meechan, Andy Munro and Stefan McCluskey all represent the Station Park club in the League Two team of the season.
McCluskey scored 11 goals and made four assists in the league.