Rhodes happy with Scotland role

  • Last Updated: September 12 2012, 9:00 BST

Jordan Rhodes admits he is flattered by the clamour among many Scotland fans for him to feature more heavily - but he stressed how new he was to international football and is happy to play any part.

Jordan Rhodes in action against Macedonia.

For a second match running, the Hampden crowd chanted the Blackburn striker's name before he was brought on, as a 66th-minute substitute in last night's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Macedonia.

Rhodes became an instant hero when he scored on his first start against Australia last month with some fans pinning their hopes on him to get the goals needed to take Scotland to Brazil and calls intensified after the goalless draw with Serbia on Saturday.

Kenny Miller started again and netted his 17th international goal to draw Scotland level two minutes before half-time with Rhodes admitting afterwards he is happy to play understudy to the experienced Vancouver forward.

"I'm just very happy to be part of the squad," he said. "Eighteen months ago I never had any international recognition at any stage.

"To think back to then and fast forward 18 months and for you guys to be sticking microphones in my face asking these questions all seems a little bit surreal.

"I'm just happy to be here and I'm enjoying very minute."

The demand for Rhodes is also down to his incredible season when he netted 40 goals for Huddersfield and eight times for Scotland Under-21s.

The £8million striker, who came close with a diving header, said: "It's very flattering and it's a huge compliment to someone that's only 22 years old and feel as if I've not really done too much in the game.

"I would have loved to have come on and rewarded them but it wasn't to be.

"I just tried to give my best and that's all you can do. I'll give it my best go and hopefully that will be good enough."

Rhodes neatly body-swerved questioning over whether he felt awkward over being the subject of grievances among some fans towards manager Craig Levein, who has stressed that the striker will play a major part in the coming years but has little experience outside of League One.

The forward added: "I just give my best in training and show a good attitude. Whether I'm starting or coming off the bench or not being involved at all, I'll support Scotland no matter what.

"I'll encourage whoever will be playing at the time and of course, like any other Scotsman, I want the team to do well."