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Tuesday, February 23, 1999 Published at 17:05 GMT

Viduka dispute goes on

Marko Viduka: Still some way short of match fitness

The transfer wrangle surrounding Celtic striker Marko Viduka will continue for at least another three weeks.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, is investigating the deal which saw the Scottish club sign Viduka from Croatia Zagreb.

A 3m fee was agreed for the Australian international, but Celtic have so far paid only 900,000 to the Croatian club.

Fifa has requested more information from both clubs and Australian football officials and has set a March 13 deadline to them to provide what is needed.

The move has angered Croatia Zagreb, whose spokesman Goran Bradic said: "What can we do? It is ridiculous that Celtic don't want to pay.

"We are not the guilty party in this situation, yet we are continually being punished."

Viduka joined Celtic before Christmas, but then claimed he was suffering from stress and only appeared after the winter break in the Scottish league calendar.

His 1.5m signing on fee is being paid in instalments by the club.

He has yet to make a first team appearance but scored for the club's under-21 side in a 2-1 win over Dundee on Tuesday.

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