Liam Cooper has got exactly what he has deserved this season, a call-up to the Scottish national side ahead of one of the most important international breaks in our recent history. Cooper received the call-up from ex-Leeds start and legend Gordon Strachan who admits Cooper should have been included in the last squad.
What is hugely significant about this call-up is that he has taken the place of Russell Martin who has been picked in nearly every squad for the last couple of years, at such a crucial stage of the qualifiers. Cooper will also be looking at his competition and again, hugely significant is that two of the other three centre-backs are probably playing in their last campaign for the national side. Both Charlie Mulgrew and Christophe Berra will be struggling to get into the squad with their careers going the other way now, Berra at Hearts but playing well and Mulgrew currently at Blackburn who are doing ok at best in League One.
His other challenger is Grant Hanley, a player who isn’t getting a game in the Norwich side at the moment so it just shows what an opportunity Liam Cooper has. In previous years I have criticised Cooper heavily and at times it has been justified, just like the praise he is currently getting is justified. His performances have been key this season and the standard of his play has been top-notch. Gordon Strachan has also mentioned the fact he is captain of the Leeds side that is doing so well, sat top of the Championship. In terms of players in form in his position, Liam Cooper is head and shoulders above the others in the national squad at the moment.