Some Hearts players will have played their last game for the club and numerous others will do it at other clubs this weekend.

I didn’t know I’d played my last game as a Hearts player at the time and it was the week after that I spat my dummy and left!

The way things unfolded with Robbie Neilson coming in and Gary Locke getting the sack after everything everybody had gone through that whole season, I thought at the time it was wrong.

They actually asked me to stay and if I could turn back time, I definitely would have stayed. But at the time I was so loyal to Gary and I knew that it didn’t come much bigger for him that season.

Hearts are his full world and he was p****** into the wind with the points deduction and not being able to sign any players in his first managerial job and it absolutely ruined him.

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See as a coach and as a man? He’s unbelievable. So that whole thing was disappointing for me.

But scoring a hat-trick against Kilmarnock? It was probably the highlight of my career. The fact that I did it in 28 minutes and it was ‘see ye’s later, down the road!’

The amount of stick that I got and still get constantly off Killie fans. It's good banter and I enjoy it because they are a decent club and to do what they have done is great... although hopefully they get relegated this year right enough!

It was like playing Hibs for the Hearts fans. It was everything to me. I played against them for Ayr in the cup but when I moved onto Hearts I knew I had four chances to either score against them or beat and luckily enough we did the majority of the time and I scored a few.

Hearts' Ryan Stevenson wheels away to celebrate after grabbing his hat-trick
Stevenson loved a goal against Kilmarnock

That hat-trick was the only one of my professional career so to do it against the team that I hate was even sweeter!

The other boys would look at me before we played them and say ‘Stevo, calm down, it’s Killie’ but see from the Wednesday before? I was constantly thinking about it. For me, playing against Killie was like playing against Rangers and Celtic.

I would look at the fixtures at the start of the season and see when we were playing them. That was all I looked at and all I thought about was getting one over on them.

The end of the season also means nights out and it looks like clubs across the country will be able to have them now that restrictions are being lifted.

We had one with Hearts when we went through to Glasgow.

Jamie Hamill is one of my best mates and stupidly we had a bottle of vodka sitting in one of those big ice coolers with all the ice in them.

Hamill couldn’t be bothered going to the toilet so the full night he was just peeing in the ice cooler.

But I’m picking the ice out of it and putting in my drinks so the full night I had vodka and Hamill’s pee!

Ryan Stevenson (right) celebrates his goal with Hearts team-mate Jamie Hamill
The pair were the senior heads in a squad of Kids in 2013-14

Wee Temps told me about four days later. We were all sitting in the changing room talking about the night out and he’s asking: ‘How was the night out? Good aye? That vodka was good wasn’t it?’

Danny Grainger’s in the corner chuckling away and I’m like ‘what ye daein’ ya bunch of dafties’.

It then became apparent I’d been drinking Hamill’s p*** and Grey Goose!

As much as it’s a laugh, those kind of nights are so important for team bonding, especially after a season like this one.

Owen Coyle was my manager at St Johnstone and was teetotal, but he swore by the the team that drinks together, wins together.

Times have changed but when I was at St Johnstone, every Tuesday boys would go out religiously.

With sports science and everything now that’s been a bit lost but see for team spirit? There’s nothing better than having a good couple of nights out with all the boys.

When things are difficult, especially at Hearts when we were going through a difficult stage, it was : ‘Right, let’s go go-karting and then we’ll go out.

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas shows off the Scottish Cup to the fans that gathered outside Tynecastle
Marius Zaliukas was always there to rally the troops

Big Marius Zaliukas was the best for it. He’d scrap training, sort the go-karting for during the day and then go and get bevvied at night.

You’d come in on Wednesday and the Thursday and it gave you that wee release, that wee break.

It’s a massive, massive thing. At the end of the season you have this big night out and once the hangovers wear off, you’ve got two or three weeks then you're back into pre-season and it just sets you right up for it.