Leeds United defender Liam Cooper is set to be handed a big boost with new Scotland manager Steve Clarke set to hand him a recall to the international fold.
The Whites skipper was out of favour under previous Scots manager Alex McLeish, but according to the Daily Record, is a firm part of Clake’s plans as he looks to bring some success to his nation in the coming years.
The report claims that Clarke and Cooper have already met and held talks over a potential recall to the squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with both Belgium and Cyprus.
Cooper was outstanding for Leeds during the course of last season as they just fell short of promotion following an agonising play-off semi-final defeat against Derby County at Elland Road, and the 27-year-old will no doubt be desperate to get back into the international fold if he can.
Clarke’s appointment this week appears to have opened the door for Cooper to do just that.
Cooper was selected in the EFL Team of the Season owing to his form for the Whites, and he will be desperate to get the summer over and done with and get going again next season as he looks to guide the Elland Road club back towards the Premier League.
This is just reward for Cooper this after a fine season and fully deserved.
Without disrespect, I find it hard to believe Scotland have four central defenders of better quality than Cooper, so his return is something which should boost the nation.
For Cooper himself, it’s a boost and gives him the chance of some competitive football over the summer.