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Rod Stewart embraces Scottish roots with tartan hat and bagpipes


Sir Rod Stewart has embraced his Scottish roots as he donned a tartan hat and wished fans a Happy New Year to the sound of bagpipes.

The diehard Celtic fan, 75, was among celebrities to ring in the bells at home as he celebrated with wife Penny Lancaster, 49, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maggie May singer, whose dad is from Edinburgh, made sure to reference his Scottish ancestry as he wished his fans up north a Happy Hogmanay.

Donning a green tartan cap while traditional bagpipe tune ‘When the Battle is Over’ played in the background, the Scotland-daft rocker posted a video on Instagram as he raised a glass to 2021.



The diehard Celtic fan, 75, was among celebrities to ring in the bells at home as he celebrated with wife Penny Lancaster

In the clip, he said: “Hi there, this is Rod wishing everybody a Happy New Year.

He added: “And to my friends north of the border, a Happy Hogmanay. Cheers!”

The Tartan Army fan took to Twitter on New Year’s Day to share his rendition of Auld Lang Syne, as he wrote: “After this rotten year, we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet! May 2021 bring us together to celebrate with music and friends.”

The rocker, who considers himself ‘spiritually’ connected to Scotland, has been holed up in his Essex mansion amid lockdown, having previously self-isolated in his Florida home.

The crooner recently celebrated with his kids after Celtic’s Scottish Cup final win against Hearts.

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Rod posted a snap of himself with his three boys following the Hoops’ penalty heroics to secure an elusive quadruple treble.



Rod Stewart celebrated Celtic’s cup final victory with his boys at home

It comes as wife Penny told fans that her husband is making a “good recovery” in an Instagram update earlier this month.

The father-of-eight recently explained that he had to undergo ankle surgery following a knee operation.

“My knee got fixed with a knee replacement, so then the ankle didn’t know what was going on because obviously, it’s crooked because of the knees, so now I’ve had to have the ankle done,” Rod explained to Chris Evans on his How To Wow podcast.

“So when this is all done, I should have a nice straight leg and be able to run – and then I’m going to get my k**b done.”





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