GREENOCK Morton last night signed Owen Archdeacon from Carlisle in a deal worth more than #100,000.

The winger will go straight into the squad tomorrow to face first division leaders Dundee at Dens Park. Archdeacon was formerly at Celtic and said: ''I am delighted to get the chance to come back to Scotland. Morton are ambitious.''

Cappielow manager Billy Stark said: ''We needed to add strength and threat to the left side. Owen will certainly add to our squad.''

The Greenock club paid out #100,000 two weeks ago for striker Peter Duffield from Raith Rovers.

Archdeacon left Celtic for Barnsley in 1989 where he played more than 200 league matches, scoring 23 goals. He left Barnsley for Carlisle at the start of last season.

HIBERNIAN have been cleared by the SFA following an incident involving a spectator.

The disciplinary committee has investigated the incident in October at Easter Road when Hibs midfielder Chic Charnley was struck by an object during the match against Rangers. However, RAITH Rovers defender Graham Mitchell is set to go on loan at Mark Hateley's Hull City.

The former Bradford City player is unhappy at not being able to command a first-team place and has been put on the transfer list by manager Jimmy Nicholl. Hateley's struggling team, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Hednesford, want to take Mitchell on a month's loan.

ALEX McLeish's search for players continues following the release of Argentinean Victor Hugo Curveino and Finn Marco Tuomela.

The pair, both defenders, played in a midweek reserve match against Celtic and Tuomela was a substitute in last week's win at Parkhead. However, neither will be offered any kind of deal by the Fir Park club and McLeish has been forced to look elsewhere for players to strengthen his depleted squad.

The manager said: ''Victor isn't the player we've been looking for. It's difficult to shine in a one-off match and he also had difficulties with the language. The Finnish lad is definitely a footballer, but we would have to pay a fee for him and we don't have any money to spend.

''I'm going to take in a couple of reserve matches in England to check up on a few people, but I don't want to reveal any names at the moment.'' The good news for McLeish is that Eddie May came through the match and should be in the squad to face Rangers.

DUNDEE United teenager Craig Easton is facing a battle to be fit for tomorrow's match with Celtic at Parkhead. He picked up a bad shoulder injury on Wednesday night while helping United stay in the BP Youth Cup when they overcame Ayr United.

Easton scored both United's goal in a 2-2 draw and also netted from the spot as the Taysiders went through - after suffering the injury in the opening minutes.

Meanwhile, Siggi Jonsson's hopes of a move to Dundee United have been shattered by a red tape mix-up. The former Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday Icelandic midfielder currently plays for Swedish side Orebro, but had discussed a deal with United.

United believed the 31-year-old was available for free and were confident a deal would be completed quickly. But Jonsson was unaware of a special clause in his contract which states the club must receive money when he leaves.