Jor­dan’s next goal is to be a Scot hot­shot

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JOR­DAN RHODES has brushed off spec­u­la­tion about his fu­ture as he eyes his first Scot­land start.

Celtic have re­joined the race for the £6mil­lion­rated Hud­der­s­field hot­shot, who has been the sub­ject of two failed bids from Black­burn.

West Ham, Ever­ton, Ful­ham and Stoke are also mon­i­tor­ing the pro­lific 23-year-old, whose stun­ning 40-goal haul fired the Ter­ri­ers to pro­mo­tion in May.

But the level-headed Old­ham-born striker – who qual­i­fies for Scot­land through his dad, for­mer St John­stone keeper Andy Rhodes – is keen to play down trans­fer talk and in­stead con­cen­trate on mak­ing the big step up to in­ter­na­tional football against Aus­tralia at Easter Road tonight.

Asked about the mount­ing in­ter­est in him, Rhodes in­sisted: “It’s some­thing I haven’t re­ally thought about.

“All I’m con­cen­trat­ing on is do­ing my best for Scot­land, if se­lected.

“I’m here to give it my best shot, work as hard as I can and learn from the other lads in the squad.”

Re­ward

Rhodes made his full in­ter­na­tional de­but as a sub against Cyprus last sea­son.

That was his re­ward for hit­ting eight goals in eight games for the Scots’ Un­der-21s.

He is pre­par­ing for two games in 48 hours as Hud­der­s­field kick off their Cham­pi­onship cam­paign at Cardiff on Fri­day night.

“As soon as we’re fin­ished with the Aus­tralia game, I’ll turn my at­ten­tion to Cardiff,” said Rhodes.

The striker gets his chance af­ter Gra­ham Dor­rans, Jamie Mackie, Phil Bard­s­ley and James For­rest dropped out of Craig Levein’s squad through in­jury.

Vet­eran striker Kenny Miller was also ex­cused in­ter­na­tional duty af­ter re­cently join­ing up with MLS side Van­cou­ver White­caps.

Scot­land are keen to

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