Jordan Rhodes set to make Scotland bow against Cyprus

Jordan Rhodes
Rhodes has been in scoring form for Scotland Under-21s

In-form Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes is in line for his first Scotland cap against Cyprus.

Scotland play a friendly in Larnaca on Friday 11 November and Rhodes is likely to feature before joining up with the Under-21 squad.

"His record recently is phenomenal - he's improved enormously over the last few years," manager Craig Levein told BBC Scotland.

"He's scored 13 goals in five games, so he'll come with us."

Rhodes has scored 13 goals for League One Huddersfield and has also hit five goals in his last two games for Scotland Under-21s.

Billy Stark's Under-21 side are away to the Netherlands on Monday 14 November in a European Championship qualifier.

"He has instinctive finishes, he comes alive round the penalty box," said Levein on BBC Scotland's Sportscene programme.

"His game has improved outside the penalty box in the last year or so.

"He's a strong lad and he's got an eye for goal - it's amazing how many of his goals are one-touch finishes, which tells you that he's getting himself into great positions.

"But Billy Stark has an important game on Monday night in Holland, so he will possibly play some time against Cyprus and then he will fly to Holland."

The senior side's friendly at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium was arranged to coincide with the Euro 2012 play-offs after Scotland's failure to make that stage of the tournament.

Oldham-born 21-year-old Rhodes qualifies for Scotland because he attended school in the country for more than five years while his English father, Andy, played in Scottish football.

Rhodes senior, who also turned out for Doncaster and Oldham, played for Dunfermline Athletic, St Johnstone and Airdrieonians and is now goalkeeping coach with Sheffield Wednesday.

His son started his senior career with Ipswich Town and spent loan spells with Oxford United, Rochdale and Brentford before joining Huddersfield in 2009.

Terriers manager Lee Clark recently warned that England's national scouts might be tempted to persuade Rhodes to switch his allegiance.

Levein is likely to be without several players who were named in his last squad, for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Spain.

Dundee United midfielder Danny Swanson is out with a knee injury, while Aston Villa's Barry Bannan could miss out after being suspended by his club following his arrest on suspicion of drink-driving.

Rangers midfielder Steven Naismith will be absent after suffering suspected cruciate ligament damage during his club's victory at Aberdeen on Saturday.

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