06 February 2019 20:31
Former Celtic man Craig Beattie thinks the Hoops are again on course for a treble of domestic trophies, as reported by The Scottish Sun. Brendan Rodgers' side have already lifted the Scottish League Cup this season, the seventh domestic silverware lifted in succession after back-to-back trebles. As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Beattie said of our chances: As long as Brendan Rodgers is there I think it is a winning machine. There was a Hampden hoodoo on Celtic before Brendan came in — they struggled, losing to Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Hearts, Inverness, Ross County and Rangers. Also predicting that Rodgers will stay at the club for a ten-in-a-row push, it's clear Beattie things Celtic are untouchable in the short and long-term. Beattie knows all about the Hoops manager of course having worked under him at Swansea City, so knows just what kind of standards he sets in the dressing room.
It's a winnable match and with Rangers on the road against Aberdeen, we could well end up extending our lead at the top of the table. It's then back to the Scottish Cup this weekend, where victory will ramp up excitement that the treble is on once again. JAMES FORREST underwent a scan for a hamstring problem after the player had to walk off the park in the 2-0 win over St Johnstone at the weekend. The Celtic star got the opening goal bursting a gut to get in front of the St Johnstone defender and stretching to knock home Timothy Weah's excellent cross. However, the goal came at a price because it looks like when the player has extended his leg for the goal his hamstring had tightened.
But the reality was two days on life support in hospital. Des was in a motorway service station when he began vomiting blood and collapsed, sending chairs sprawling. A friend, Paul Drakeley, drove him home and Des, thinking he was feeling better, attempted to get his life back to normal. But he was then taken ill at home before then undergoing emergency surgery on what turned out to be a 'gastric tumour'. (Image: ITV Central) It was almost a case of history repeating itself – 20 years earlier, Des had had an operation to remove a malignant tumour after being diagnosed with a serious strain of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
On his website, Des refers to himself as a 'TV personality, actor, presenter, vocalist and professional speaker' while fans call him 'Dancing Des'. After receiving hundreds of get well soon messages on Facebook, he thanked his fans by posting a video at Itv.com here which you can also watch above. (Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth / BirmimghamLive) Now feeling back on 'cloud 9', Des said today: "Colleagues will tell you that I'm ecstatic to be back at work. "Paul wanted to take me to hospital, but I said: 'It's all right mate, I'll be fine'. "Today, all I can do is say a big thank you to him and all of the doctors and nurses who looked after not just be but everyone else in the hospital I was in Burton. "None of us pay enough in to the NHS compared with what you get back at a time like this. "No other company works round the clock like they do." Des will return to the screen on ITV News Central (ITV1) will be at 6pm on Wednesday, February 4. "I was supposed to be getting ready to help to turn the Christmas lights on in Leicester on Thursday, November 22 when I had a funny turn the weekend before," said Des. "Like most men, I thought I would be OK and was saying things like 'Stop fussing' and 'Leave me alone'. "They stabilised my blood pressure and rushed me to the Queen's Hospital in Burton-on-Trent. "I had a bleeding of the stomach and needed emergency surgery – it was a scary situation. "I didn't have keyhole surgery so I've got an eight-inch scar which is why it has taken me so long to get back to work." Des is grateful that he is in a position to say 'thank you' to all of the doctors and nurses at the Queen's Hospital. "While I was in hospital I was able to see all of the great work they do with all fo the patients, all of whom would have different needs. "I saw nurses who were with patients all through the night, being dutiful but also very caring and that's what got to me. (Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth / BirminghamLive) "The doctors and nurses would have constant pressure on them and I was able to appreciate the work they do. "No way does your National Insurance cover the cost if you need an operation like this. "I needed six pints of blood (which was available because of) people having taken time out of their day to go to a blood bank. "We all can't be doctors and nurses, it doesn't work like that. "But, like any person, if I saw someone in trouble I would try to help them... Who is Des Coleman? Des said he was a naturally private person so would only say that he was 'married with children'. He is a former car valet who worked at Rugeley Power Station after completing a welding course. After attending the Guildford School of Acting, he played nightclub barman and DJ Lenny Wallace in EastEnders for three years from 1996-99 and has since appeared in Casualty, The Bill and Doctors as well as West End shows like Miss Saigon and Chicago. What fans said Hundreds of Facebook messages to @descolemanweather included the following Lynn Hill: Missed you reading the weather. We call you Dancing Des cos you always seem happy and dancing when telling us the weather. Ann Hughes: Hey Des....Get Well Soon Honey.....Love you doing the weather -I always expect you to burst into dance and song.....Get well Soon 'cause I'm putting you forward for Strictly next time....Best Wishes for 2019 She asked me where you was the other day (I didn't know) lol speedy recovery and we both hope to see you back on the tv soon. Happy New year des! (Image: Facebook) Maureen Summers: Oh Des, have missed you on Central, you always make the most depressing days brighter, with your happy, smiley face and your dapper suits, glad to hear you are recovering and will soon be back on our screens. Happy New Year...and please be back on Britannia in June to entertain us. Amanda Clarke: My mom who's 94 waits to see you presenting the weather every day, she's really missed seeing you, and has been asking where you are, Des's video message to fans In a video message recorded for the ITV News Central website, Des says: "I just thought I'd take this opportunity to say 'thank you'. "I've had so many messages of support whether it's been on social medi or through the mail. "I can't wait to get back to work and I'm well on the road to recovery. "Like I say, I just needed to say thank you very much indeed. Get the biggest Daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The yuletide season will soon be in full swing in Leicester, as a programme of festivities kicks off with the Christmas lights switch on tonight. Across the city there will be plenty of activities to get stuck into, including a stage programme of entertainment and a festive street food market. A last minute change to the line-up however means that a new guest will be lending a hand to the all-important switch on. Weather presenter Des Coleman, who was initially announced to be switching on the lights, has had to cancel his special guest appearance. According to ITV, the presenter is unwell and unable to attend this evening's event - but a replacement has been found just in the nick of time. The lights will now be switched on with some help from fellow TV presenter, Matt Teale. The ITV Central presenter will be joined by Lord Mayor of Leicester Cllr Ross Grant to help get the lights illuminated across the city centre. ITV reported Teale as saying: "I love Christmas, it's a wonderful family time. I'm so excited to be at Leicester's Christmas Lights Switch-On. "Not only will I be in charge of that all-important countdown, but the festivities will also be broadcast live on ITV News Central. I can't wait to get Christmas officially started in Leicester." Across the city, visitors will be able to take a ride on the Wheel of Light in Jubilee Square, get stuck into some festive street food in New Market Square, or admire the Christmas tableau and traditional nativity scene in Town Hall Square. There will also be plenty of festive fun to get stuck into at Highcross' White Christmas event. You'll find all our latest news on food and drink, shopping, music and events.