Leeds United legend Gordon McQueen has told The Scotsman that Liam Cooper's international call-up is a sign of how bad both Scotland and Leeds have become.
Cooper, 24, joined Leeds from Chesterfield back in the summer of 2014, making 31 appearances for the club last season as he established himself at Elland Road.
This term, Cooper has been battling with Giuseppe Bellusci and Sol Bamba for a place in the team, and has racked up 33 appearances for the Whites in another solid campaign.
Now, Cooper - who was actually born in Kingston upon Hull - has now been called up by Scotland for Tuesday's friendly against Denmark at Hampden Park, his first international recognition since turning out for Scotland's Under-17's and Under-19's as a teenager.
Cooper is joined in the squad by Leeds team-mate Liam Bridcutt, and whilst this is a great moment for the centre back, not everybody is quite so thrilled about his call-up.
Leeds legend Gordon McQueen, who was also a Scottish international defender, much like Cooper will be, has told The Scotsman that a player like Cooper winning a call-up for Scotland is a sad indictment of how Scottish football has headed, as Leeds 'are not in good shape'.
"It is an indictment of Scottish football and Leeds," said McQueen when asked about Cooper's call-up. "It feels as if anybody can get a try-out with the national side in certain areas. Let’s be honest about this, Scotland and Leeds are not in good shape," he added.
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