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IT'S IN DI CAN!; But 16-goal Celts don't fool Paolo.

Scoring sensation Paolo di Canio yesterday savoured Celtic's 16-0 thrashing of Dutch minnows Reuni Borculo, but insisted: "The goals are not important to me or other players at the moment."

The former AC Milan striker scored four and made another four as the Bhoys ran riot in Holland.

But he maintained: "The most important thing for us just now is to learn to play as a unit and become aware of techniques and tactics.

"The time when scoring goals will become essential is when the season gets under way."

Celtic's foreign legion were in superb scoring form, with Jorge Cadete, Pierre Van Hooijdonk and di Canio sharing 14 goals. Cadete scored six times and Van Hooijdonk four, Andreas Thom and Brian McLaughlin completing the rout.

Celtic manager Tommy Burns had clear-the-air talks with Cadete last week - and blamed the player's agent for unsettling him. "I am happy to be back with Celtic and there should be no doubt about that," the Port- uguese star told the club's newspaper.

"My attitude is I am here to train, play and score - then train, play and score again.

"I want my mind to be clear and focused completely on my job, which is to play football for Celtic and score for the fans. From what I saw of the team last season, we are good enough to win the League which is my ambition. That is what my full attention is on."

Meanwhile, Celtic supremo Fergus McCann has renewed his pledge to quit in three years.

The Canadian tycoon said: "I always said I would do five years. I've got three more to go and I'm looking forward to that.

"I'm sure when I'm gone things will be even better and in the long term there will be people better than me to run the club.

"Everybody at Celtic Park is looking forward with great anticipation to the start of the season.

"We'll do our best and I can't promise anything. But we like to believe we'll be there when the honours are handed out."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 25, 1996
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