Celtic have suffered a blow if they still want to sign Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes after he opened up on his future.
Rhodes a no-go
The 30-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Parkhead earlier this year and again this summer and has been facing the exit door at Hillsborough for some time, after serving the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Norwich City.
Neil Lennon’s side of course have a talented striker in the form of France U21 international Odsonne Edouard, but reports suggested that he was keen to bolster his attacking reinforcements (via Football Insider).
After the Hoops purchased Albian Ajeti from West Ham United instead for £5m, Rhodes opened up on his future.
“I’m here and I’m contracted now,” he said. “There’s a manager in a place that’s new and I want to be here. I’ve worked really hard to get here so far, I have a fond connection at Sheffield Wednesday as well.”
Rhodes has proven to be a prolific goalscorer over the years, finding the net on 209 different occasions for eight Football League clubs, including 14 from 82 outings for Sheffield Wednesday (TransferMarkt). Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a big fan of his and previously described him as “something special” in front of goal (cited by Sportsmole), and he was also labelled as “phenomenal” during his time at Blackburn by Gary Bowyer (via Lancashire Telegraph).
Transfer Tavern take
Rhodes would have been a great signing for Celtic, and one that would have helped Lennon’s team greatly towards securing 10-in-a-row.
But with the Bhoys opting to go with a lone striker with three attacking midfielders, it would have given the Irish tactician a headache trying to fit both Edouard and Rhodes into his team.
Nevertheless, Celtic opted to go with the younger alternative, in the form of Ajeti, but he is yet to put any significant pressure on Edouard’s place in the team (when fully fit), which Rhodes may have done.
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