4 most expensive Hibs transfer flops as Easter Road side cut Chris Mueller loose


Hibs are currently on the look out for their third manager within one season, but there may be reshuffle in players too.

Winger Chris Mueller has already departed Easter Road after just four months at the club.

The American has returned to him home town to play for MLS club Chicago Fire.

Mueller – who was tipped to star at Hibs under Shaun Maloney – picked up a hefty wage during his time a Hibs with a weekly salary of £10,000.

But just six starts during his time at the Premiership club, the winger has moved on less than half a season into a three and a half year deal.

Some have gone so far to say that the American is the biggest singing flop in the club’s 147 year history.

But he is not the only costly player who hasn’t quite clicked at Hibs.

RecordSport looked into some other known names that didn’t seem to work out…

Chris Mueller

Chris Mueller has ended his deal prematurely after things did not seem to work out at Hibs.

The winger has managed just six starts and one goal for the club over a total of 15 appearances during his four month spell at Easter Road.

His only goal for the club came in the Scottish Cup against Arbroath as he struggled to adapt to the Scottish game.

During that time, he has been paid a reported breath-taking £10,000 per week – with a salary bill of £160,000.

Despite hopes that the winger would play a key part in Shaun Maloney’s side after arriving in January, Hibs Cheif Executive Ben Kensell has admitted that Scottish football’s “pace and physicality” was too much for the former Orlando City star.

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Martin McIntosh

Hibernians reportedly paid Stockport £338,000 for Scottish defenders in the year 2000.

However, injury and competition for places restricted his opportunities during his time at Easter Road.

Martin McIntosh Hibs football player July 2000
Martin McIntosh

McIntosh appeared just 13 times for the club before a three month loan deal with English League One side Rotherham.

He then made the move to The Millers on a permanent basis in November 2001 for a fee of £125,000 – considerably lower than what Hibs paid for him just over a year previous.

Kevin Nicholas

Nicol made his way to Easter Road from Kirkcaldy after signing from Raith Rovers for a reported £360,000 in 2002.

But the midfielder made just 19 league appearances in three seasons, netting just one goal.

Kevin Nicol in action for Hibs
Kevin Nicol in action for Hibs

In 2005, he left Hibs for Peterhead having already spent some time on loan at Norwegian side Stromsgodset.

james collins

James Collins joined Hibs for a reported fee of £209,000 from Swindon Town back in the summer of 2013.

The striker put pen to paper agreeing to spend three and a half years with the club.


However, the frontman spent just one season at Easter Road before leaving for Shrewsbury following the Hibees’ relegation under the watchful eye of boss Terry Butcher at the end of the 2013/24 season.

Frustratingly for Hibs chiefs and fans alike, Collins has become prolific since returning to England, only failing to reach double figures twice in the past eight seasons.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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