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Paul McGrath 'honoured' to meet his idol Rod Stewart at Ireland Scotland clash


Paul McGrath meets Rod Stewart during the game

Paul McGrath meets Rod Stewart during the game

Paul McGrath meets Rod Stewart during the game

IRISH football legend Paul McGrath got to meet his hero during the Ireland game at the weekend.

The former defender was sitting in the stand watching the Ireland v Scotland game, when singing legend Rod Stewart spotted him.

Stewart is a massive footie fan and one of Scotland and Celtic's best-known supporters.

Tweeting to his followers, McGrath said that he "admired" Rod for years and that the encounter was "an honour".

The were sitting close to each other on Saturday near the VIP section of the upper tier of the Aviva.

McGrath was a key member of the Irish team right up until his retirement in 1998.

It was a disappointing day for both the Irish and the Scots, though the 1-1 draw will mean more for Scotland in the ever-widening gap at the top of Group D.

Hopes of qualification for the 2016 European Championships are now dim with a win urgently needed to stay in contention.

McGrath tweeted his support for the Irish team and Ireland goal-scorer Jonathan Walter (inset) saying that he was "proud of the boys" but that he felt the first half performance didn't match the second half.

It will be a tough ask for the boys in green with important games against Gibraltar and Georgia coming up next.

After a less than stellar performance on Saturday, Ireland is now facing the prospect of not only having to win those games but to also put in a massive performance against the giants of the group, Germany, before heading away to group leaders Poland.