Gary Mackay: So glad to see Brad score for Hearts

Brad McKay is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winning penalty. Pic: David Lamb
Brad McKay is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winning penalty. Pic: David Lamb
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I was delighted to see Brad McKay end up as the goal hero in what is likely to be his last game for Hearts.

For someone so young, he has handled himself superbly throughout the whole situation of going out of contract, not playing as regularly as he would have wanted and then signing a pre-contract 
elsewhere.

Make no mistake, as a 
boyhood Jambo, it will have been really sore for him to face up to the fact his time at the club is coming to an end, but he has remained professional and wholehearted throughout.

People like to watch skill and flair, but I think most supporters also value honest 
endeavour and commitment, and they are qualities that Brad McKay has brought in abundance to the club he has supported all his life.

It was nice for him to end his Hearts career with a goal and I’m sure he’s the type of boy who will always be guaranteed a warm reception when he 
returns to Tynecastle because of the way he has conducted himself in his time at the club.

Even though it means 
nothing in terms of our league position, this Saturday’s game against Rangers is a massive occasion for everyone at the club.

It’s important to remember that, when we went to Ibrox on the opening day of the season, we were underdogs for that match and second-favourites for the title. Back then, we’d have probably all settled for a last-day shoot-out against Rangers for the title. Instead, thanks to an incredible 
record-breaking season, we can relax and enjoy the day we pick up our trophy while all the pressure is on our 
opponents to get a win and try and finish second at the 
expense of Hibs.

Even though we have nothing to play for now that we’ve got the points record, it would be nice to 
finish with a victory to ensure 
nothing detracts from the 
celebrations. It’s been a positive season all-round, with breaking the second-tier points record at the weekend just the cherry on top.

Whatever happens on 
Saturday, all Hearts fans and players should savour every moment of this weekend, 
because, as everyone 
connected with the club knows, title parties don’t come along often.