By Wayne Veysey

30th Apr, 2020 | 8:00am

Sources: £40K-a-wk goal machine willing to take big pay cut to join Celtic

Jordan Rhodes is willing to take a big pay cut to force through a transfer to Celtic this summer, Football Insider understands.

This site revealed how the Hoops made a last-gasp move for the Scotland international, 29, on deadline day in January after failing in their pursuit of Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Rhodes was very keen then on moving to the Glasgow giants and has not given up hope of reviving it in the next window.

Rhodes’ future is up in the air as his £40,000-a-week contract at Hillsborough expires at the end of June.

The 30-year-old has no hope of securing a similar package in a market that is expected to see transfer fees and wages tumble as a result of the financial chaos caused by the pandemic.

He is willing to take a major salary drop to achieve his ambition of playing for Celtic.

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Wednesday rebuffed the Hoops’ interest in January even though Rhodes has been in and out of the team this season.

He has made just four league starts among 15 appearances in all competitions and has not even made a matchday squad since 28 January.

Nevertheless, the centre-forward has been one of the most prolific strikers of modern times outside of the Premier League and has a remarkable tally of 208 club goals in English senior football.

Rhodes made his name with Huddersfield Town in League One, netting an impressive 87 times in 148 appearances before making a big-money move to Blackburn in 2012.

He scored 84 times in 169 matches for the Championship outfit but has been far less prolific at Wednesday.

The 14-times Scotland international spent last season on loan at Norwich, scoring nine goals in all competitions as they won promotion to the Premier League.

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