I think that the thing for me is that you look at a club like Motherwell who, with a few scares along the way, have never been in the lower leagues since the Premier league came into being and I can't see any justification as to why we can't do the same.
Why is it unrealistic for us to be able to replicate that stability? If we keep on accepting that we are at the level we are, then we are destined to stay in this yo-yo situation. In all reality there is no good reason why we can't be a stable, regular top flight team that flirts with relegation on occasion, while sometimes overachieving a wee bit.
With the money put into the first team in recent years the only reason we haven't achieved that is poor managerial appointments and subsequently, poor player recruitment. it's nothing to do with who we are, our history, or any massive delusion of grandeur from the support. I don't get the constant talking ourselves down. The likes of Motherwell, Kilmarnock and St Johnstone are no bigger than us and two of those have been in the bottom division in Scotland within my lifetime but all three (while hardly always being safe from the drop and reconstruction saved Motherwell) are what we would call established top flight teams.
I don't 'expect' to be top flight all the time, but I do think we have every opportunity to make that a reality and don't think it's helpful that a guy who underachieved with his Dundee squads should be telling us what we should or shouldn't expect.