By Nick Ware

10th Oct, 2021 | 11:41am

Andy Robertson dedicates Instagram post to Leeds United captain Liam Cooper after Scotland victory

Scotland captain Andy Robertson has taken to Instagram to share his joy at Saturday night’s victory over Israel with Leeds United captain Liam Cooper.

The Tartan Army overcame a 2-1 deficit at Hampden Park to win 3-2 in their quest for World Cup qualification, and the Liverpool full-back was instrumental as he claimed two assists.

Cooper, meanwhile, had significantly less influence as he was introduced in the 95th minute with Scotland looking to wind down the clock.

His significance was not lost on Robertson, however, as he took to his personal Instagram story to express his joy, dedicating the first image of the night to the Whites defender.

“Brother,” Robertson wrote, accompanied by a love heart emoji.

Fading role for club and country?

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Cooper’s presence in the dressing room for both Scotland and Leeds is undeniable.

One only has to view his social media accounts and various behind-the-scenes videos to see the affection that his teammates have for him.

But there are question marks over whether he is up to scratch on the field.

He still has Marcelo Bielsa’s faith at Leeds, starting every Premier League game when fully fit.

However, Scotland boss Steve Clarke seems to have dropped Cooper from his first-choice XI, naming just one central defender in his three-man defence.

Robertson and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay have been flanking Club Brugge’s Jack Hendry as Clarke looks for more agile players who can build up play from the back and initiate attacks.

Leeds fans have been critical of Cooper at times over the last 12 months, and it’s hard to disagree with the sentiment that he does not rank in their top-two central defenders, and possibly not even in the top three.

Robin Koch [Germany] and Diego Llorente [Spain] are seasoned international performers and cost the Whites a pretty penny last year.

Even Pascal Struijk may lay claim to being more suited to playing in the Premier League than Cooper.

But one thing is for sure – Cooper is still having a huge influence on his teammates, and his presence is certainly a beneficial one.

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