Scots singer who opened for Take That special guest at Celtic Park

A Glasgow singer who opened up for Take That after being drafted in 45 minutes before the show was 'buzzing' to be asked to be a special guest at Celtic Park today.

Daniel Rooney has had a whirlwind 24 hours after being plucked from the Radisson RED hotel bar less than an hour before the iconic band were set to play at the Ovo Hydro on Friday.

Olly Murs was due to support the band, however, after getting stuck in London due to cancelled flights, he was unable to make it up on time, and Daniel saved the day by taking his place.

After his hit performance, the Celtic fan, from Carmyle, was then invited along to sing at halftime during his team's match against Hearts on Saturday. Although because of a technical hiccup, Daniel ended up not performing but said he was delighted to share his story with fans.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the 26-year-old said: "The weekend just keeps getting better and better. I was buzzing when I got asked to perform at Parkhead. What an opportunity. I ended up not singing because the sound system wasn't set-up in time, so we just had a chat.

"It was surreal to be standing on the pitch telling everyone about my performance. I had friends and family texting me about it because I hadn't had a chance to tell anyone I was going to be there. It's been mental."

Hollywood TV and film star Ross King was at the Radisson show and loved Daniel – so told Take That frontman Gary Barlow he was great, and asked Daniel if he could ditch his gig and open for the band, an opportunity that he jumped at the chance.

Speaking to the Daily Record, 26-year-old Daniel said this was the biggest crowd he had ever played to.

He added: "It was crazy. I didn't have anytime to think about what was actually happening because they said I had to be on stage in less than an hour. It was probably for the best though because there was no time for the nerves to kick in. It was a whirlwind.

"It all happened too fast, but I absolutely loved it. The crowd were great and seemed to be enjoying what I was singing.

"It was just such a surreal moment. It feels like a dream, I'm just waiting to wake up from it."

Daniel Rooney wowed fans as he stepped in last-minute to support Take That at the Hydro
Daniel Rooney wowed fans as he stepped in last-minute to support Take That at the Hydro

Daniel said the band supported him and were waiting at the side of the stage for him to finish his set.

"They were standing there for me finishing and all hugged and congratulated me. It was such a nice touch from them. I wasn't expecting it."

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald
Daniel Rooney opened for Take That at the Hydro -Credit:Heléna Morrow

The singer has high hopes the opportunity will help give him a platform to showcase his own songs as an artist in his own right.

He added: “The opportunities are coming in fast and I'm just rolling with it. It’s early days, but I'd really like to release some of my own music. I've been given this platform and I'm going to use it. I want to show people what I can do."

Taking to Instagram in the aftermath of the show this morning, Daniel thanked fans for their warm welcome and admitted it was the 'craziest 30 minutes ever', describing Take That as 'absolute legends' for allowing him to step in.

He posted: "What a crazy night. Hardly slept, still on a high from last night. Thanks to everyone's lovely messages about the gig and all the support so far.

He also thanked Ross King, who said: "Danny was sensational.. a star was born! He met the boys before he went on and they waited for him to come off and told him he was brilliant.”

Radisson RED manager Graham Chalmers is thrilled that Daniel was able to take to the stage, and is 'really pleased' for the singer.

He said: "It’s important to us to showcase Scotland’s talent – in fact we are opening a new live music venue with that ethos at the heart of it, the Rotunda and Roundhouse across from the hotel."

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