Hibs head coach Jack Ross says the Easter Road club are working hard to try and bring American international Chris Mueller to Edinburgh six months early.
The highly-rated American attacker has signed a pre-contract to join the cinch Premiership from Orlando City. Mueller will currently link up with Hibs after the current MLS season ends later this year, but with news of his contract now public, Ross wants it done sooner. The right-winger was runner-up for the 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year Award.
Ross said: “Ideally we’d like to get him earlier. We have worked incredibly hard to bring him in. I think he’s a brilliant signing for us and a really exciting one. Naturally for me as a manager I would like him in now.
“Six months is a long time in football management and you want your best players available so we are hopeful. The worst case scenario is we get him in January. Now he has committed to us and it’s out in the public domain quite often that lends itself to getting him quicker and it would be brilliant if it did.”
There is hope that Mueller could join in time to boost Hibs’ hopes of making the Europa Conference League group stages. Ross’ team took the first step to that with a 3-0 second qualifying round first leg win over Santa Coloma, a bad-tempered affair with the Andorran side reduced to nine men. Joe Newell was controversially sent off for Hibs.
Ross said: “I don’t think our keeper touched the ball for the first 32 minutes and that is pretty remarkable. In that period where we had eleven men we were pretty good. It is quite difficult to get a handle on what a team is good and bad at and technically they were decent and tried to play.
“It was eventful. The first 20 minutes it goes to plan with us scoring and the way the game was panning out Then of course the officiating is questionable not just in that period but through the course of the game.”
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