HUDDERSFIELD Town striker Jordan Rhodes scored his first goals for Scotland Under 21s last night to help them register a 5-1 European Championship qualifying victory in Luxembourg.
Rhodes, who was picked in the starting line-up by Billy Stark to earn a fourth cap for his country, netted on 33 and 43 minutes at the Stade Josy Barthel as Scotland took command with a half-time lead.
The 21-year-old, who qualifies for Scotland through the five-year schooling rule, pounced with a double after Alex MacDonald had given them the lead on 29 minutes – and then completed his hat trick with a header on 63 minutes.
Luxembourg pulled a goal back after 82 minutes through Goncalo Almeida but Paul Hanlon restored the Scots’ four-goal advantage five minutes later.
Rhodes will remain with the squad for Monday’s home clash with Austria before linking up again with Town for next Saturday’s trip to Exeter.
Meanwhile, Barry Bannan maintains Scotland’s senior side have full focus is on securing victory against Liechtenstein, rather than looking ahead to their glamour clash with Spain.
The Scots travel to Alicante for their final Group I match early next week, where they will face the world and European champions and come up against some of the best players on the planet.
But Bannan is well aware a win in Vaduz is crucial to their hopes of securing a Euro 2012 play-off spot and is adamant the Scots will look no further than tomorrow’s game until the points are secured.
He said: “The next game is the biggest game. We have got a tough game against Liechtenstein.
“The Spain game is probably the biggest one but we have got to concentrate on the first one or else the Spain game could count for nothing.”