With Greenock Morton announcing the signing of Robbie Muirhead, the 23-year-old is now onto the seventh club of his career. Never a prolific goalscorer but previously a promising talent, where has it gone wrong for the forward?
Ayrshire to the Arabs
After breaking through at Kilmarnock, Muirhead was touted as a potential successor to Kris Boyd. What he would give to have even half of Boyd’s top tier tally. In 42 appearances for Killie, he amassed just four goals.
Granted only 17 of those were starts but a goal every 4.25 games doesn’t make for good reading.
Which is why it must have been a surprise when Dundee United snapped up Muirhead for a supposed £150,000. This sale led to Allan Johnston resigning at the Ayrshire outfit in protest on transfer deadline day.
That same day saw United be raided for two of their brightest young talents in Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven. Ask any Arab you want and they can’t have been best pleased with Muirhead as a replacement for one, let alone both, of them.
Stop start a common theme
Having signed in January 2015, just two goals came in 16 appearances with seven being starts. Just eight months later he was ushered out to another Premiership side.
Partick Thistle took a punt on the hit man and it looked like a master stoke. Two goals in four starts looks an excellent tally but both arrived in the same match, a 5-2 win over former club Kilmarnock.
Milton Keynes was best for Muirhead
A spell at Hearts followed and again, a tally of just two both came in the same game. A brace in a 2-0 win over Rangers was all Muirhead contributed in seven months as again he would move in January. His Hearts manager and namesake Robbie Neilson moved to MK Dons and would take Muirhead to Buckinghamshire.
Coincidentally, it was down south where he played most of his games and scored his last professional goal. The least said about his Dunfermline disaster last season the better. Morton should at least be a fresh start for Muirhead but if it doesn’t work out, you begin to wonder what happens next.
No real pace but is often ushered out wide. Height that isn’t of any use. A forward that barely scores. He may be given the chance to play as a traditional number nine at Cappielow but he’s going to have to get off to an ideal start or, even as a neutral, you’d begin to worry for him.