Buddies dreaming of Hampden cup final joy
Every aspiring young footballer dares to dream of the success they will achieve if they're lucky enough to turn professional.
If you are Scottish, then Hampden Park will inevitably feature prominently in these dreams; with visions of pulling on the dark blue jersey of the national side the ultimate aim.
If this eludes you, then a cup final victory surely follows as the next best thing, and, for all the players at St Mirren, this weekend provides us with the opportunity to realise that ambition.
If I am being honest then our final fixture prior to the final provided the "nightmare" scenario.
A poor performance, both from me individually and the team collectively, saw us lose to a last-minute goal, drop another position in the table and face deserved criticism.
The preservation of the club's SPL status is of paramount importance, something which we are determined to ensure and which will always be our priority.
However, this week all roads lead to Hampden and it's vital we focus all our energy into the cup final, on a game which we believe we can win.
In terms of preparation for such a big game, there isn't a huge amount of change for a player.
The physical preparation will follow a normal routine: with the mental preparation being quite an individual thing for each player in any case.
I always visualise matches and direct opponents for any match I am going to play, and this visualisation starts as early as five or six days before the actual game.
For the cup final, the mental picture is made a little easier in that I experienced a Hampden cup occasion last season, when we reached the Scottish Cup semi-final.
My opinion of the stadium is that it's one of those grounds which is more impressive from the playing surface than it looks from the stands.
Having watched many games at the ground, I was aware of the atmosphere it can generate. But from pitch level it's a fantastic arena to be given the opportunity to play in.
Another factor is that the distance the pitch is from the stands can give the impression that the surface is bigger than it actually is.
While the dimensions of the pitch are large, there are several similar-sized pitches in the SPL, and yet they don't feel as demanding to play on.
In a similar vein, I believe Wembley is notorious for how it saps energy and causes tired legs.
But again, I think this is more to do with its surroundings and the occasions on which matches are staged at the ground than it being a significantly bigger pitch than others in England.
So, if the preparation is correct, and the arena is ideal for success, then what stands in the way of black and white ribbons adorning the cup on Sunday?
Only the stand-out team of the season, the SPL leaders: a team unfamiliar with defeat and a side we will have to be at our very best to overcome.
However, we have taken a difficult route to the final; have had to defeat three SPL clubs along the way and are determined not to let all that hard work go to waste by not providing a great performance on Sunday.
We know we'll receive great support from our fans and there will undoubtedly be times in the game when their backing will drive us on.
Indeed, one of my memories of the last trip to Hampden was seeing the number of St Mirren fans as we made the coach journey to the stadium.
It was a sight to inspire and I can't wait to see it again on Cup Final Day.
Lifting a trophy at Hampden: sometimes dreams come true!