JORDAN RHODES can be a major trailblazer for Huddersfield Town’s other young stars when he links up with the full Scotland international squad next week.
The 21-year-old hot shot will aim to sign off in victorious style against Walsall at the Galpharm on Saturday – when Town bid to make it 42 unbeaten – before joining Craig Levein’s squad for the friendly in Cyprus a week on Friday.
Rhodes is expected to become Town’s first full Scotland cap since Denis Law half a century ago and manager Lee Clark described his call-up as “magnificent”.
While Rhodes will miss Town’s FA Cup trip to Swindon but also play for Scotland Under 21s against Holland while he’s away, Clark said: “We are all very proud and really pleased for Jordan, because you couldn’t wish to meet a nicer lad.
“Jordan’s quality is putting the ball in the net and, when I had the conversation with Craig Levein about him, I said that if they create chances, Jordan will score.
“Jordan is the future for both his club and his country and you have to take your hat off to Craig, because he’s seen that he’s been doing well, he’s got the opportunity to have a look at him and he’s put him in the squad, which is brilliant.
“From my point of view, I think it shows what our young players can achieve, because there are others who are playing really well too, not just Jordan.
“Scott Arfield, for instance, is playing really well and can’t be too far away, and Jack Hunt surely must be in Stuart Pearce’s thoughts for the England Under 21s. So we are delighted for Jordan, and we hope that in the not too distant future, others can follow him.”
Rhodes has reportedly attracted interest from the England camp because of his 14 goals in seven games.
But Levein said: “That isn’t the primary concern. I want to reward him for how he has been playing. He has been part of the Under 21s for quite a while.
“I’m very confident he considers himself part of the Scotland group.”