His Scottish heritage has always been a source of great pride, a
fact notable by virtue of Rod Stewart’s choice of sweater on Monday afternoon.
The legendary singer, 72, sported a hoodie emblazoned with his
beloved Celtic’s distinctive logo and styled in the Glasgow football club’s traditional colours – green and
Devoted supporter Rod, who was born and raised in leafy
north London suburb Highgate to a Scottish father and an English mother, added to his look with a pair of matching trainers.
Opting to complete his sporty ensemble with a pair of black jogging
bottoms, the Hot Legs singer appeared to be in high spirits while stepping out for refreshments.
Rod's latest appearance comes after he defended beleaguered
Everton footballer Wayne Rooney following his high-profile arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol.
The singer was filmed by TMZ leaving the high-end Catch restaurant in
Los Angeles, and quickly coming to the defence of former England captain Rooney.
As his car stopped so he could talk to fans and sign autographs,
he was quizzed about the striker's recent arrest and defended him.
Stewart said: 'He's been a credit to English football and we all
make mistakes. He's still a great guy.
'He's a great influence on all the youngsters in England playing
Finishing the quick road-side interview, the veteran star shouted
'Up the Celtic!' out his car window as the vehicle pulled away.
Footie fan Rod Stewart has splashed out £15,000 to meet the Pope .
Rod, an avid supporter of Scottish club Celtic, made the winning bid at an auction for a “very rare” chance to spend time with the Pontiff.
And the 72-year-old said he now “can’t wait” to attend a Papal Mass as a special guest.
Rod, said to worth around £177million, snapped up the chance to meet the Pope at an auction in aid of Pinktober, the annual breast cancer drive.The blurb for the lot at the London sale said the
winner “will be situated in the VIP area reserved for hand-picked guests” and would also receive “an incredibly rare and handwritten benediction from Pope Francis”.
Rod has previously described being the head of the Catholic Church as a “good job” but added: “He doesn’t get to wiggle his hips and have three or four glasses of wine after a show”.The star, whose
songs include Maggie May and People Get Ready, also bid £4,000 for a caviar and champagne experience at the Ritz Hotel.
And his wife Penny Lancaster, 46, offered herself up to have lunch with punters who bid £4,500 for an “exciting morning at ITV”.
In total the auction last Friday night raised £46,000 for The Caron Keating Foundation.
Some punters had all the luck when Rod Stewart dropped into The Wee Howff for a nightcap.
It was hot kegs when the footie-daft Scots rocker turned up after cheering the national team to victory at Hampden.
Sir Rod, 72, chatted with pals and posed for selfies after the surprise visit to the town centre boozer.
George Crawford runs the bar with partner Lisa Dempsey and said the Hot Legs singer was on song.
He said: “Rod had just been to the game and was in fine spirits when he stopped by.
“He was grinning ear-to-ear and made a huge effort to say hello to all the regulars.
“He’s been in before and it’s amazing how he remembers them with all the folk he must meet.
“He’s a genuinely lovely guy and nothing is ever too much trouble. He takes pictures and signs autographs and always has time to chat.
“Rod told us he loves the pub because it’s a quiet wee place, very traditional and reminds him of pubs in Ireland. He’s welcome back any time and we’d be more than happy to have him back for the big
The chart-topper wore a bright tartan suit and matching tie to the World Cup qualifying clash between Scotland and Slovakia.
He was pictured in the stands during the game, but there was no sign of model wife Penny Lancaster, 46, or any of his eight children.
Rod dashed to Paisley High Street for a swift one at the final whistle.
He beamed as he joined revellers for photographs after the must-win game.
The crooner sipped from a glass before heading off – a far cry from his hellraising heyday in the 70s and 80s.
Rod also visited the pub ahead of Scotland’s tie with England in July, less than 24-hours after it reopened following a £100,000 refit.
He was a regular at The Wee Barrel in Love Street before it closed on Hogmanay 2015.
It reopened almost a year later under new management.
British rock singer and songwriter Sir Rod Stewart has confirmed that he will play a one-off concert in the Croatian capital next year.
Stewart, who had hits like Sailing, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Rhythm Of My Heart and Maggie May, will play at Zagreb Arena on 2 February
Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide with six consecutive number one
albums in the UK. His 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position.
Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for
services to music and charity.
Tickets for the February concert in Zagreb are available on eventim.hr and at all Eventim outlets.
Charles has joined some of the biggest stars in music, film and football to donate prizes for an incredible new prize-packed charity draw backed by the Record.
Scots charities the Clutha Trust and Spirit Aid have today launched Donate to Win, which offers the chance to win stellar prizes including guitars signed by the Prince of Wales, Van Morrison,
Nutini and Rod
Stewart as well as signed Scotland, Celtic and Rangers tops – for the price of £1 a month.
It’s the brainchild of Spirit Aid founder David Hayman and Alan Crossan of the Clutha Trust – the charity set up by pub owner Alan in the aftermath of the helicopter tragedy which claimed 10
lives in 2013.
Sign up to donate £1 a month and you’ll be entered into a draw to win exclusive prizes, like the guitars and football shirts, as well as nights out, hotel stays, rounds of golf, and even pole
dancing fitness classes.
Run by Spirit Aid and Clutha Trust, so far the causes signed up to benefit include Epilepsy Scotland, Indepen-dance, Hansel, the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team, PEEK, RAP workshops in the
Gorbals, Drumpark Coatbridge, COJAC, the Spirit Aid Christmas Toy Appeal, A&M Dance as well as local schools and youth clubs.
Alan and David are urging people and businesses to sign up and promise every penny will go to the good causes.
Acclaimed actor and director David was humbled by the response when asking for prize donations.
He said: “It’s incredible. Once the word got out, people kept approaching us and sending the most amazing things.
“Without them, this wouldn’t be happening so we are very grateful.
“Spirit Aid and the Clutha Trust have a great partnership because we are both organisations dedicated to young people.
“Alan is a brilliant entrepreneur and is great at this kind of idea. He wanted to get money in but give people something back.
“The prizes are fantastic and nobody misses £1 a month. It’s not much and you get the chance to win things like incredible guitars and there’s golf, football… something for
The team have celebrity support with stars including Joanna Lumley and Timothy Spall sending selfies highlighting that it’s just a £1 a month
To get involved, visit the website donatetowin.co.uk, sign up for the monthly
subscription of £1 and then wait to see if you’re a winner in the raffle held every month.
The first set of prizes include a signed Rod Stewart guitar, a signed Scotland top, a £50 Schuh voucher, a bottle of Bushmills whisky, a £50 meal for two at 29 in Glasgow, bottle of Lanson
champagne and a four-ball round of golf at Haggs Castle in Glasgow.
Every month, new items will be given away. Subscribers can also get discounts at businesses such as Slanj kilt hire.
Alan hopes to get as many people on board as possible so they can make a big difference to young people’s lives.
He said: “The Clutha Trust gets a lot of support from musicians. We also have a massive following on Facebook.
Paolo Nutini was in giving us a guitar and performed a few songs. On Facebook it got 400,000 hits. I was thinking, ‘I could use that.’ You could auction items for thousands, but who’s going
to buy them?
“But with this, any punter that pays £1 could be a big fan and has the chance to win Rod Stewart’s guitar, Paolo’s guitar, Van Morrison’s guitar – for £1. It gives everyone a
“And we hope it will keep growing. And all of your pound goes to the charities.
“Imagine if you had 10,000 people signing up, that would be £10,000 a month. I know hundreds of wee charities which could be helped by that and it could make some difference in people’s
Sheila McLean, fundraising manager for learning disabilities charity Hansel said: “The Clutha is an iconic name and this is a fantastic fundraising opportunity.
What a great chance to get your hands on prizes from worldwide stars like Paolo Nutini and Rod Stewart.”
Epilepsy Scotland’s head of fundraising Robyn Friel added: “What a great idea to help raise money. It’s great to see that support for charity is still so strong in Scotland.”
There was already a link between the Clutha and charity Trossachs Search and Rescue. Handler Gayle Wilde and dog Taz were sent to help with the rescue operation after the helicopter crash.
Gayle said: “We’ve remained close with everyone here since that night
“We’re raising money for new dog handling equipment and part of our work is also supplying defibrillators to help others save lives, so every penny from Donate to Win will make a huge
Daily Record editor Murray Foote said: “We are delighted to support Donate to Win, which is supporting some very worthy causes.
“Alan and David have had a great idea and I hope our readers back it and give themselves the chance to win fantastic prizes.”
●Signed shirts and match tickets from Celtic and Rangers.
●Signed Scotland shirt.
●Guitar signed by Prince Charles and Camilla.
●Guitars signed by Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Judas Priest, Kodaline, Coldplay, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Ronan Keating, Paul Weller, Franz
●A week in a holiday apartment in Tenerife.
●Dinner for two at various restaurants, golf outings, pole dance fitness lessons, family trampoline passes, kilt hire, music recording sessions, guitar lessons, theatre tickets, concert
tickets, horse racing days out, will writing, hair styling, fashion shop vouchers, M&S vouchers, tattoos.
●There’s even the chance to be an extra on a David Hayman film.
Visit donatetowin.co.uk and check the Record for regular updates on the latest prizes