Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Rod Stewart pays surprise visit to Cliftonville players

Rod Stewart made a surprise visit to Cliftonville FC on Thursday night
Rod Stewart made a surprise visit to Cliftonville FC on Thursday night

Rod Stewart made a surprise visit to the Cliftonville players and staff during an impromptu appearance at Solitude on Thursday.

The ardent Celtic fan turned up at the north Belfast stadium after holding court during his masterclass show at the Odyssey on Wednesday.

Pictured alongside players including Liam Boyce and Conor Devlin, the rock legend took a tour around the stadium ahead of his beloved Glasgow side's clash with Cliftonville next month.

The Irish League champions secured the Champions League game against Scottish giants Celtic.

The Hoops will face the Northern Ireland champions in the second qualifying round of the Champions League, with the first leg set to take place at Parkhead on July 16 or 17 before the return in Belfast.

Rod Stewart's arrival in Belfast came on Wednesday, as he belted out a back catalogue of classics during his first appearance in Belfast since 2010.

During a whopping, two-hour, 23-song set, the singer delighted his devoted audience with hits from all eras of his long career.