CELTIC finally landed Paulo Di Canio of AC Milan last night when the 27-year-old winger signed a four-year contract worth #3m.

Di Canio, who flew to Glasgow in a private jet to complete the deal, will formally become a Celtic player when he is registered with the SFA this weekend.

Di Canio, who has also played for Lazio, Naples, and Juventus, commented: ``I'm happy to join such a great club as Celtic, who have won the European Cup - just like AC Milan.

``The stadium is incredible - undoubtedly one of the best in Europe, and is a statement of the club's ambitions. I aim to be a major influence in turning ambition into tangible success for Celtic supporters.''

His signing brings the recent spending spree of Parkhead manager Tommy Burns - who has pursued Di Canio for three months - to more than #10m.

Other captures were Jorge Cadete, Sporting Lisbon's international striker, and Alan Stubbs, the Bolton Wanderers central defender.

Burns said: ``We are delighted to get a player with so much outstanding ability.''

Parkhead managing director Fergus McCann said: ``We've had a great close season, completing our #6m stand and signing such a talented player as Paulo Di Canio.''

Meanwhile, Celtic assistant manager Billy Stark has requested a personal appearance at the SFA to defend himself.

Stark and Burns were reported by referee Stuart Dougall after an incident when Celtic met Kilmarnock near the end of the season.

The SFA's Disciplinary Committee will investigate, but commitee members will not be appointed until Monday. Meantime, Stark and Burns have been asked for their version of events.

q MORTON have signed midfielder Ross Mathieson, released by Rangers.