STAR striker Jordan Rhodes was on his way back to link up with Huddersfield Town today after scoring his first full international goal for Scotland.
The 22-year-old pounced after 28 minutes of the 3-1 win against Australia at Easter Road to become the first Town player to score for Scotland in 54 years – since Denis Law in a 3-0 win against Wales at Ninian Park in October 1958.
It’s the perfect tonic for Rhodes as he prepares for Town’s bow in the Championship at Cardiff tomorrow night, and his international boss Craig Levein was left singing his praises.
“It’s difficult for Jordan because as soon as I put him in, expectations go through the roof,” said Levein.
“He is going to have to deal with that because he has scored so many goals in his time at Huddersfield, particularly last season, and with that comes added pressure.
“We don’t want to put any more pressure on him, but the very fact I picked him meant everyone was waiting to see what he could do and it was lovely he got a goal.”
The 22-year-old, who scored 40 times for Townd last season, was thrown in after QPR forward Jamie Mackie pulled out through injury, and in the absence of Craig Mackail-Smith and Kenny Miller.
Socceroos midfielder Mark Bresciano opened the scoring in the 17th minute but Rhodes, whose only appearance for the senior team was as a substitute against Cyprus last year, levelled in the 28th minute with a diving header from a Danny Fox cross.
Australia substitute Jason Davidson headed into his own goal from a Fox cross in the 63rd minute before Scotland sub Ross McCormack, who had replaced Rhodes, stretched the home side’s lead in the 76th minute with a drive from the edge of the box.