Huddersfield striker Rhodes ignoring transfer speculation

The 22-year-old insists he is not letting speculation over his future distract him, with the likes of Fulham, Aston Villa and Celtic all linked, and is only focused on preparation

Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes has insisted that he is not letting speculation over his future distract him from the upcoming Championship season.

The 22-year-old, who bagged a remarkable 48 goals in all competitions for the Terriers last season, has been linked with a move away from the John Smith's Stadium - with Fulham, Aston Villa and Blackburn all reportedly keen.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is also thought to be an admirer of the Scotland Under-21 international, who is set to make his full senior debut for his country against Australia on Wednesday.

"Sometimes you might see your name in the paper but you think they are talking about someone else," Rhodes is quotes as saying by Sky Sports.

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"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."

It is thought Lennon could be tempted into a move for the boyhood Celtic fan if the Hoops qualify for the Champions League, although Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson's valuation of the player could put the Parkhead club off.

"It's not something that's on my mind at the moment," Rhodes added.

"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."

With both Kenny Miller and Jamie Mackie sidelined through injury, Rhodes looks as though he is in contention to start against the Socceroos at Easter Road.

"I have not even thought about it," he continued.

"I have just thought about coming up here and getting settled and meeting everyone.

"The manager has so many great players at his disposal, whether it is me or someone else I'm sure we will be giving 100% on the night to try to get a good result for Scotland."