It has been quite the week for Leeds United captain Liam Cooper. He has been handed a new deal at Elland Road, keeping him at the West Yorkshire club until the summer of 2024.
That development came on hot on the tails of his international debut for Scotland. Cooper featured in both games against Russia and Belgium during the international break, finally making his first appearance for Scotland.
Unfortunately, he was on the losing side on both occasions.
However, despite that, former Scotland international Kenny Burns believes international boss Steve Clarke should stick with Cooper.
Burns, who also spent three years at Elland Road as a player, told the Scottish Sun that Cooper was entering his prime and deserves an extended stay in the Scotland XI.
“I always look at the centre of defence and I like Liam Cooper. He’s playing in a good Leeds United side who were unlucky not to get promoted last season.
“He’s 28 so he should be approaching his peak and I think he’s one Steve Clarke should be persevering with.”
It was not the dream start to international football for Cooper. Scotland would have wanted to take something from their clash with Russia and were then thoroughly outclassed by Roberto Martinez’s Belgian side.
But Cooper has clearly impressed one man in Burns who feels that Cooper has what it takes to be a fully-fledged international for Scotland.
Here’s hoping the Leeds United man can remain an international fixture.