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Rhodes not bothered by speculation

13 August 2012

Jordan Rhodes admits playing for Celtic was his boyhood dream - but he will not let intensifying speculation over his future derail him from the immediate reality of playing for Scotland and Huddersfield.

Rhodes revealed seeing his name linked with numerous top clubs did not seem real, so he has had no problem maintaining his down-to-earth approach. The 22-year-old - who is in line to make his first start for Scotland during Wednesday's friendly against Australia - has been linked with the likes of Celtic, Fulham, Aston Villa and Blackburn.

Rhodes, who hit 48 goals last season for Huddersfield and Scotland Under-21s, said: "Sometimes you might see your name in the paper but you think they are talking about someone else."

He added: "You always dreamt of seeing your name in lights one day but you never thought it would come true.

"While I'm still working as hard as I can, seeing my name in the papers linked with one club or another, it doesn't really seem that real. It seems surreal if anything.

"While it's fantastic and very flattering, you don't really take too much notice of it because you don't really think too much of it is true."

Lennon could move for Rhodes if Celtic qualify for the Champions League group stages but the Glasgow club could be priced out if Barclays Premier League clubs start bidding.

"It's not something that's on my mind at the moment," Rhodes said. "I was a Celtic fan growing up and had all the jerseys, and went to the matches with my dad.

"It would be something as a kid I dreamt of doing, but they have got a fantastic club and I'm sure they will attract many a good player.

"Sometimes it might not happen but as a kid it would have been a dream come true."

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