Hibs forward Chris Mueller looks ahead to our cinch Premiership clash with Celtic on Monday 17 January, 2022 at Celtic Park.
The match will be our first of 2022 and could be Mueller’s first in a Hibs shirt, after signing on a pre-contract back in the Summer of 2021.
After leaving Orlando City towards the end of the year, Mueller has had to wait patiently to get on the training pitch due to visa and work permit issues – now everything is signed and sealed, the American International told HibsTV how buzzing he is to get going.
“Excited is an understatement to be honest.”
“It's been a long time waiting six months. All this anticipation and patience that has led to this moment, now that my first game could only be a few days away it doesn’t seem real.
“The guys are really buzzing for the game. Obviously it's going to be a difficult match, Celtic's a very good team, but our preparation has been going well so far.
“I think it's going to be a massive opportunity for all of us to go in there and make a statement about what we want to achieve.”
Mueller has adapted well to life in Scotland so far, arriving to Edinburgh just over a month ago.
“Edinburgh has been great. Me and my wife have really enjoyed it, we have been checking out the city and doing all the touristy things – all the things you have to get out of the way when you're a new a newcomer, but it has been lovely.
“There is no city like it in the states or probably not even in the rest of the world, it's beautiful.”
Now, Mueller is not the only new face at HTC, with Elias Melkerson, Ewan Henderson, Rocky Bushiri, Harry Clarke and Dylan Tait all new additions to Shaun Maloney’s squad this month.
“I have spoken with them all so far and everyone is settling in well.
“I have no doubt that they'll be fine with this group of guy. From my own experience, I have only had a month knowing this group of guys in the locker room but it seems like a family. Everyone has good relationships with each other and it seems like a brotherhood.”