Simon Grayson hails Jordan Rhodes performance for Scotland
JORDAN Rhodes will not allow his first Scotland goal to go to his head, according to club manager Simon Grayson, writes Iain Collin.
The 21-year-old, who is being chased by Blackburn Rovers, marked his first start for his adopted country with a stunning first-half header in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Australia at Easter Road.
Huddersfield manager Grayson is convinced the Oldham-born player – who qualifies for Scotland because he was schooled north of the Border during dad Andy’s playing days with Dunfermline, St Johnstone and Airdrie – has the ability to score goals at “any level”.
Grayson said: “It is huge credit to him that he was picked in the starting line-up and then he did what he is best at doing, which is scoring goals. He had a few half-opportunities that he made out of nothing and he took his goal very well. We are all delighted for him. He is a very low-key, low-maintenance lad who won’t be getting big-headed about his achievements. He will come into work as normal and get on with his job.
“Jordan has a got a big future in front of him and people will question whether he can make the step up from League One to the Championship, but I think he has got a natural ability to score at any level. He proved [on Wednesday] that he can score at international level.”
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