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Rod Stewart: ‘A complete delight being in Rome, I identify with the club and it’s fans so strongly’

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Rod Stewart has described his time in Rome with the Celtic support as a complete delight.

The singer starts his latest tour later this month but arrived in the Italian capital on Monday night to soak up the build up and atmosphere to tonight’s match.

Over 10,000 Celtic supporters are expected to be in Rome today with Rod telling the Daily Record all about the experience:

It has been a complete delight to be in Rome with all these dedicated Celtic fans. I identify with the club and its fans so strongly and I’ve spent a lot of time chatting to people and getting photos taken and just enjoying the good vibe. Trips like this are what it’s all about for the fans and I love it as much as they do.

The supporters are doing Celtic proud by coming over here in such great numbers. They are a great bunch and they are so often the 12th man for the team when it comes down to it. I read that there might be more Celtic fans than Lazio fans in the stadium and that made me feel really proud.

Neil Lennon’s side go into tonight’s match knowing that a win or a draw will take them to the brink of qualification for the knock out stage of the Europa League in February.

At the halfway point in Group E Celtic are sitting in top place with seven points, four ahead of tonight’s visitors.

Tom Rogic, Mikey Johnston, Leigh Griffiths and Boli Bolingoli were left at home due to injury with finding a replacement for Bolingoli the biggest task for Lennon.

Jonny Hayes and Greg Taylor are the two options with the rest of the side likely to be the team that started against Hibs on Saturday with Hatem Abd Elhamed and Ryan Christie coming in for Jeremie Frimpong and Rogic.

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