By Mark Smith

3rd Jun, 2021 | 7:05am

James McFadden thrilled by Leeds ace Liam Cooper for Scotland v Holland

Leeds United skipper Liam Cooper was at the heart of the action on Wednesday night as Scotland drew 2-2 against the Netherlands.

The defender was up against Memphis Depay for most of the clash, and caught the eye with a fine performance for the Tartan Army.

James McFadden was left thrilled by Cooper in the second half, as he came to rescue of Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney as the Dutch were about to score a second.

Speaking during live commentary of the clash on Sky Sports, McFadden was impressed with how the Whites skipper cleared his line.

“He didn’t know too much about that, Cooper,” he said.

“He was tangled in his feet, but he does really well to clear that unconventionally. It was a rare mistake from Tierney, it’s not like him.”

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This isn’t something we’re regularly seeing at Elland Road, but Cooper clearing the ball with a flying back-heel without looking is brilliant.

It made everyone question and laugh, but as long as the ball was away from the likes of Depay, he had done his job and done it well.

No one will have had Scotland down to even draw with Holland, although much of that will go down to the impressive defensive display, with a back-five that had Cooper in the middle.

Slowly but surely, our skipper is getting rid of his ridiculous nickname of ‘League One Liam’ and hopefully, others will start to see that.

Cooper has impressed once again, and it is brilliant to see another one of our own shining on the international stage yet again.

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