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Rachel Hunter in Belfast to cheer hockey star son Liam

By Stuart McKinley

Former supermodel Rachel Hunter has been in Belfast to support her ice hockey playing son.

Liam Stewart marked his debut tournament at senior level with Great Britain at the Odyssey Arena.

And having mum cheering on in the stands seems to have worked, as Liam scored his first goal for the team in Monday night's 5-1 win over Estonia.

But Liam admits that he still has some work to do if he's going to tear his famous dad - multi-million-selling rock legend Sir Rod Stewart - away from his beloved Celtic.

He was at Hampden Park for the Hoops' Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final win over Rangers on Sunday, but it is not known if he will come to Belfast this week.

"I know he was enjoying that Celtic game and they came out with a big win," said Coventry Blaze forward Liam.

"Given the choice he's always going to pick Celtic first, and I can't blame him for that, but I've converted him to ice hockey a little bit.

"He came to some of my games with Coventry earlier in the season.

"I'm not sure if he'll be able to come over during the week, though."

Liam is probably the only member of the GB team to have been judged for his singing as much as his skills on the ice.

When the national anthem struck up at the end of the game, television cameras zoomed in on the 22-year-old.

Luckily, despite growing up in the United States, Stewart has picked up the words.

"I've learned them a little bit now, but that was embarrassing," he said.

"Hopefully we'll keep hearing it after every game here and I'll have them perfect by the end of the week."

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