ooo gollyRoy Keane will sign for Celtic - and should complete his free transfer move this week, BBC Scotland understands.
It is believed that a portion of the 34-year-old's salary will be paid directly by the Parkhead club's major shareholder Dermot Desmond.
Former Republic of Ireland captain Keane has been much in demand since leaving Manchester United in November.
Celtic have so far refused to comment on the story, but it is understood that the deal is set to go through.
Spanish giants Real Madrid were said to be the front-runners for Keane's signature but president Florentino Perez was not prepared to move until January.
Premiership duo Bolton and Everton had approached Keane, while West Brom and West Ham were among other clubs to express their interest.
Keane has said in the past that he would like to end his career at Celtic Park but chairman Brian Quinn had expressed concern about the level of the player's wages.
That issue would appear to have been resolved with the aid of Desmond's financial contribution.
Keane is not eligible to play until the winter transfer window opens, so the first match he could feature in would be the 1 January visit to Hearts.