Pundit baffled by lack of Scotland game-time for Leeds United captain Liam Cooper
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Paul Robinson was delighted to see Leeds United captain Liam Cooper get a chance to shine for Scotland in the last week.
Cooper, 30, has been sparsely used by Steve Clarke during his time in charge of the Tartan Army, who ensured they would be seeded in the World Cup qualification play-offs with a shock 2-0 win over Denmark on Monday night.
In both the wins over Moldova and Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark, Cooper was started in the defence and did a brilliant job, even assisting John Souttar’s goal versus the Danes on Monday at Hampden Park.
Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson was thrilled with Cooper’s performances in the Scottish defence but admits he’s surprised that the Leeds centre-back has not been used as often as he would have expected.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Cooper said: “I thought he played very well.
“I, like others, was surprised by Cooper’s lack of game-time for Scotland because whenever he plays for Leeds, he always plays well.
“He’s a very reliable centre-half and his lack of game-time for his national side has surprised me, especially when Steve Clarke’s played midfielders out of position instead of Cooper.
“It’s time he took his opportunity and for them to qualify for the play-offs is exceptional for Scotland.
“There are two or three generations of Scotland fans that haven’t seen their team play at a tournament or a level they would expect to but I think now there’s a lot more optimism and expectation around that side.
“Clarke deserves a lot of credit for that.”
Cooper has now played 13 times for Scotland.
He’s been ever-present in Clarke’s squads for World Cup qualifying this year, playing in all but one of the last seven group matches.
While three of those appearances were short cameos off the bench, to play 90 minutes in both of the wins over Moldova and Denmark is absolutely massive for the Hull-born ace.
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