It looks like it could be a very special week for Leeds United captain Liam Cooper. The 28-year-old is set to make his international debut for Scotland when they face Russia this week.
Whilst born in Hull, Cooper has represented Scotland at under-17 and under-19 level. He received his first Scotland call-up in March 2016 and was called up again one year later.
However, he has not yet featured for his nation but it seems that is about to change.
As reported by The Scotsman, Scotland boss Steve Clarke is set to start Cooper in Friday’s friendly with Russia. Injuries to John Souttar, Scott McKenna, Stuart Lindsay and Grant Hanley have seen Cooper get his chance.
Steven Reid, currently a member of the Scotland coaching staff, told the same publication that it is a great ‘opportunity’ for the Leeds captain.
“Yes, we have a few guys missing.
“It is not ideal when you have members who would have been in the original squad and they have to pull out for various reasons. At the same time, it is an opportunity for those who do come in.”
It will certainly be a big achievement for the Leeds man to make his Scotland debut. In many fans eyes, it has been a long time coming. Cooper was a vastly improved player for Leeds United last season and has emerged as a top Championship defender under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds fans will no doubt wish him all the best if he does indeed make his debut, as expected, this week.