Rod Stewart admitted he was “choked up” after learning Brendan Rodgers is quitting Celtic to become the new Leicester City manager.
The Scottish giants released a statement on their official website on Tuesday morning to confirm they have granted permission for their manager to hold talks with the Premier League outfit.
Lifelong Celtic fan and rocker Stewart delivered an emotional reaction to the imminent departure of Rodgers.
‘I’m actually in Dubai. This has ruined my holiday,” Stewart told the Jim White Show on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning. “I actually got a bit choked up, I must admit. He was going to go sooner or later, he’s obviously a great manager, but I thought he would have seen out the next few months and got us the treble.
“There might be a lot of ill feeling at Celtic now among the fans about leaving us in the lurch. I also understand Pat Nevin’s point that this job came up and he’s got to take it.
“But, what about the Chelsea job? That could have come up. We can make history. I just think it’s going to cause a lot of happiness with the Celtic supporters. Hopefully, Scott Brown can step up and take command. I heard Neil Lennon’s coming back, which is great, but that’s only temporary.”
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This has ruined my holiday." ? "I thought he would have seen out the next few months and got us the treble." "What about the Chelsea job? That could have come up too. I'm choked." ? @RodStewart is gutted that Brendan Rodgers is set to leave #CelticFC ☘️ https://t.co/AcIhntgmyM
He's one of the world's best-selling musicians of all time, with a career which spans nearly six decades.
And Rod Stewart, 74, enjoyed some downtime as he headed out for dinner with his daughter Ruby, 31, at Italian restaurant Sfixio in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday evening.
The Forever Young hitmaker maintained his signature rock star aesthetic as he donned a shimmery silver tuxedo blazer, tied in with black tapered trousers.
Quality time: Rod Stewart, 74, enjoyed some downtime as he headed out for dinner with his daughter Ruby, 31, at Italian restaurant Sfixio in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday evening
Complementing his dapper display, the singer teamed his crisp white shirt with a pair of patent platform loafers.
Model Ruby looked equally stylish as she sported a plunging red jumpsuit, embellished with star patterns throughout.
Adding height to her frame, the blonde wore a pair of black block-heeled boots and covered up in a fluffy cropped jacket.
The singer, who is the daughter of Rod and model Kelly Emberg, wore her glossy tresses in a straight fashion and opted for a dewy make-up look.
Rocker Sir Rod Stewart and his wife Lady Penny were just what the doctor ordered to officially open a new chemotherapy day unit at Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth.
The couple, who live nearby in Sheering, are long-standing supporters of the treatment centre at the hospital, which is owned by Ramsay Health Care.
The event on World Cancer Day (Monday, February 4) officially unveiled the additional facilities for cancer sufferers.
They include seven individual bays, which can be used as a communal area by opening bifolding room dividers, and a double room for patients requiring a higher level of care and/or an inpatient stay. Rivers has had a private chemo service for the past 20 years.
As well as Sir Rod, 74, and Lady Penny, 47, the launch was attended by dignitaries including mayor of Sawbridgeworth and East Herts district councillor Angela Alder.
She helped Sir Rod slice and sample a celebratory cake watched by representatives of the Ramsay Health Care executive board, founding staff, consultants and members of the local healthcare community.
Across the country, Ramsay operates 22 private hospitals, 10 NHS treatment centres, neurological rehabilitation centres and diagnostic imaging services.
Chris Harbron, the hospital director, said: “‘We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all staff, consultants, local stakeholders and members of the community that attended our official launch event of the new chemotherapy day unit and for making it a truly superb evening.
“We were honoured to have Sir Rod Stewart and Lady Penny officially opening the unit and grateful for their ongoing support for Rivers Hospital.
“We look forward to providing the local community and beyond with a holistic patient experience and high quality of care with access to the best consultants and latest treatments. All in a new, modern and welcoming environment.
“I am very proud of the team and what they have achieved creating the new unit and look forward to using this amazing resource for many years to come. On behalf of all of us at Rivers Hospital, thank you so much for your support.”
Sir Rod bought Durrington House, an 18th-century, 10-bedroom mansion in Sheering, for £4.65m in 2013 after selling property in Epping. The singer and his photographer wife, who is a regular presenter of ITV lunchtime show Loose Women, are familiar faces in the area following the enrolment of their sons at Bishop’s Stortford College.
Today Sir Rod Stewart and Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, announced an exclusive multi-year global touring partnership. The deal will have Live Nation produce and promote Rod Stewart’s concert events around the world including this summer’s sold-out UK stadium dates.
“First, last and always my job is giving fans the best show I have in me,” remarked Rod Stewart. “ With Live Nation’s backing, I’m able to show up and sing knowing that everything that has led up to me taking the stage has been done with cracking perfection.” Added Arnold Stiefel, chairman of Stiefel Entertainment and Stewart’s longtime manager: “Michael Rapino, Rick Franks and the entire Live Nation team are at the top of their field for good reason. Their single-minded focus on the fan and artist experience is second to none and we’re proud to be extending our partnership internationally.“
“Rod Stewart has been an iconic voice and worldwide touring force for over five decades,” said Rick Franks, Co-President of North American Touring. “Live Nation is proud of the relationship we’ve built with Rod over the years and we look forward to continuing to bring his legendary repertoire to fans around the world.”
Stewart will perform across the UK and Europe throughout 2019 and in 2020 will bring his concert tour to South America, Australia, Asia and New Zealand with Live Nation. He plotted two extensive and critically-acclaimed North American tours over the summers of 2017 and 2018 with special guest Cyndi Lauper.
EXCLUSIVE: Penny, 47, was acting as a volunteer police officer for a new TV show when she was threatened with a syringe
Penny Lancaster was threatened with a syringe as she helped fight crime on the streets – much to the horror of husband Rod Stewart.
But the Loose Women star says she loved being a volunteer police officer for Channel 4’s Famous and Fighting Crime – and has even vowed to keep it up.
That may be bad news for rocker hubby Rod, who has already lost sleep over the dangers she faced.
Penny said: “When he watched me head off into the unknown each shift, he was worried.
“I’d come home from a long shift at four in the morning and he couldn’t sleep until I got home safely.
“He did begin to worry when he heard some of the stories I had to deal with.” Rod was supportive when she told him she was taking part in the show.
But she said: “I think he thought I might be back at the Yard dealing with stuff from afar, but as you’ll see I got stuck in, which made him very nervous.”
Penny – mum to Rod’s sons Alistair, 12, and Aiden, seven – said the family were her main concern when faced with danger.
She said: “When a woman was threatening to stab me, the first thing was, ‘I’ve got kids.’ When you’re under threat like that, you do start thinking about your family, but I carried on.”
Penny, 47, worked with officers in Peterborough, Cambs, for the show where she and fellow celebs – comedian Marcus Brigstocke, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle and TV presenter Katie Piper – pound the pavements as volunteers.
The experience drove home to her how underfunded and understaffed the police are.
She said: “There’s not enough of them and they need more money, plain
“How can we fight crime? If crime keeps growing, then we need more crime fighters. We need to tackle it and clean up the streets.
“Then find resources and methods to re-educate people that are in trouble to be better human beings, to make a difference in their lives.”
Now she hopes to undergo training to become a fully fledged volunteer.
She said: “I do want to carry on because I’ve never found anything else that is as rewarding as that.”
Young Star Celtic - mad Rod Stewart's youngest son Aiden 7 is aiming for football glory already according to proud mum Penny
The singer's youngest, Aiden, seven, was filmed honing his skills on a pitch featuring a big Hoops flag behind the goals.
Another great shoot thanks to Dad and his only 7! ⚽️
2,312 Likes, 140 Comments - Penny Lancaster (@penny.lancaster) on Instagram: "Another great shoot thanks to Dad and his only 7! ⚽️"
The lad was being put through his paces by his dad and a pal, during "winter morning training."
Mum Penny caught two free kicks on camera - and her son displayed impressive technique.
She posted the first to Instagram with the caption: "Winter morning training for Aiden is working."
It is filmed from behind the goals as young Aiden lines up a free kick in front of a set of mannequins with dad Rod watching on.
Winter morning training for Aiden is working!!
1,174 Likes, 36 Comments - Penny Lancaster (@penny.lancaster) on Instagram: "Winter morning training for Aiden is working!!"
He manages to get it up and over the wall, before the keeper spills the ball into his net.
The second clip is more of a close up action shot.
Wearing a footie kit with number seven on the back, Aiden 'bends it like Beckham' as this time the ball soars through the air and lands perfectly in the top corner.
Penny this time wrote: "Another great shoot thanks to Dad and his only 7."
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