Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes reportedly isn’t keen on a January loan switch to Celtic.
According to Football Insider, the striker looks set to turn down any interest, with a Sheffield Wednesday source telling them that Rhodes will be going “nowhere” in January.
The Scottish Sun initially linked Celtic to the striker, claiming that the forward didn’t know whether he was part of Wednesday’s plans or not.
It’s been a real struggle for Rhodes to make an impact in the Championship this season too. He’s only made 10 appearances this season and bagged a poor tally of three goals (Transfermarkt). This comes after spells with the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield, Norwich City, and Middlesbrough in particular.
However, any move to Parkhead now appears to have been thrown into real doubt. With Celtic in the market for a striker, there are likely to be plenty more targets where Rhodes came from regardless.
Rhodes won’t be much of a loss
If this move doesn’t come to fruition, it won’t be much of a loss to Celtic. Rhodes has done next to nothing this season, and has often played second-fiddle to Steven Fletcher.
To put it into context, would many of our supporters be happy if we went out and signed Fletcher? The man keeping Rhodes on the bench this season? It’s highly-doubtful at the very least.
When Lennon goes out to try and find a centre-forward in January, the most important aspect of any deal is ensuring that he’s better than what we have. Is Rhodes a better striker than Leigh Griffiths for example? He’s done nothing to prove that’s the case.
In addition to that, Rhodes hasn’t made an appearance for Scotland since a 1-1 friendly draw with Canada back in 2017. When Griffiths is fit, you would imagine he’ll be in Steve Clarke’s plans long before Rhodes is.
It’s not as if we can even make this permanent either. Any signing would be back-up to Odsonne Edouard, but getting Rhodes in on a loan deal hardly gets any of us excited. He most certainly shouldn’t be playing over Eddy or Griff considering they’re here permanently.
So hopefully we can put a cross through this one. Rhodes has decent pedigree in the English lower leagues, but he doesn’t quite fit what we need in January.