SIR ROD Stewart looked chuffed as he was handed a mini train truck with a Celtic badge — to add to his incredible model railway.
It came as the Hoops-mad rock star, 74, told fellow enthusiast Steven Flint about his stunning scaled-down construction that has taken him 26 years to build in the attic of his LA home.
The 124ft-long US-themed layout includes skyscrapers and a building topped with a sign saying “Celtic Coal & Steel”.
And Steven, editor of the mag Railway Modeller, gifted him the matching carriage as the I Am Sailing superstar told of his lifelong love of the geeky hobby.
Sir Rod said: “I got hooked on American railways because I was living there when the layout was started.
“I just looked out the window and there it all was.
“I have to give it 110 per cent. For me it’s addictive. I started, so I just had to finish.
“But if I had realised at the start it would have taken so long, I’d have probably said No! No! Nah!”
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The singer started putting together his train set in 1993 after moving to his mansion in Beverly Hills.
Set in 1940s’ America, it’s titled Grand Street and Three River City.
Sir Rod revealed he considered shifting his entire model to the UK before he flogged his £3.4million Essex mansion in March.
He said “I’d need a lot of convincing that it would work.”
Six months ago he gave £10,000 to Market Deeping model railway club in Lincolnshire after vandals wrecked their displays.
Last week, the rocker was in Rome to watch his beloved Celts beat Lazio in the Europa League.
The win nearly brought him to tears as he was caught hugging his pals.
And he’d been spotted partying with Celtic fans in the Italian city ahead of the match.
He danced in the streets as supporters belted out chants of Come on You Bhoys in Green.
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But he also blasted the Green Brigade for lighting flares during the historic victory.
He said: “We’ve got to be careful. We don’t help ourselves.
“I looked along at Peter Lawwell and I said ‘We’re in trouble aren’t we?’ And he said ‘Yes we are’.”
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