'This is not true': Sheffield Wednesday owner denies Celtic approach for Jordan Rhodes

By John McGinley

March 25, 2020

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri has denied that Celtic made an approach to sign striker Jordan Rhodes on loan during the January transfer window, The Scottish Sun report.

It was reported back in December that Celtic were eyeing up a move for the player in an effort to boost Neil Lennon’s options in the second half of the season (The Scottish Sun).

Website Football Insider also reported in February that a late Celtic move for the player was made.

Chansiri though has been clear with his comments and has refuted the suggestion that the Scottish champions tried to add the player, who Sheffield Wednesday signed for £8m, to the Hoops squad.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “It was better for Jordan to stay here and try to make his way into the team and score some goals.

“This year in January, another club offered a very low package, it was a deal that made no sense for us.

“My people also told me Celtic had supposedly made an offer but we demanded a very big loan fee that stopped the deal.

“Again, this is not true, there was no official approach or offer at all.”

Celtic would secure the signing of Patryk Klimala during the January transfer window, though not much was seen of him prior to the league shut down.

Leigh Griffiths however really stepped up and demonstrated that there is a bright future in attack without relying on the transfer market.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scotland international hit a hot scoring streak and struck up a fruitful partnership with Odsonne Edouard, much to every Celtic supporter’s delight.

Rhodes never really seemed like the right fit at Celtic. He is years past his prime scoring form. Right now, I’d much rather have Griffiths in form, happy and scoring at Celtic Park.