Leeds defender Liam Cooper's form praised by Charlie Mulgrew following his Scotland call-up

Leeds' Liam Cooper is substituted after sustaining an injury as Leeds United manager Garry Monk looks on

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has been included in the Scotland squad alongside Charlie Mulgrew.

Blackburn's Hope Akpan and Leeds' Liam Cooper in actionBlackburn's Hope Akpan and Leeds' Liam Cooper in action

Charlie Mulgrew has praised Leeds defender Liam Cooper for his recent form after the Whites centre-back was handed a call-up to the Scotland squad for their upcoming games, the Evening Times reports.

Cooper has represented Scotland at youth level but is still awaiting his first full cap for the senior side. However, he may get the chance to change that over the coming days having been called upon as a late addition to Gordon Strachan's squad ahead of their clashes with Canada and Slovenia.

And reflecting upon the depth available to Strachan at the heart of the defence, Mulgrew - who has also been included - suggested that the 25-year-old was fully deserving of his place.

“I feel like I can play in a couple of positions but the main thing is the team wins. Liam Cooper has been brought in and he’s looked good for Leeds United and been in the squad a couple of times," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.

In fairness to Cooper, he arguably put in his best performance of the campaign in Leeds' most recent game as the Whites strengthened their grip on a play-off place in the Championship by beating automatic-promotion chasers Brighton 2-0 at Elland Road.

Leeds' Liam Cooper remonstrates with the assistant referee after a penalty was awarded to Aston Villa

However, before that, the former Chesterfield man had been used sparingly by Garry Monk with Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley establishing themselves as the first-choice centre-back pairing this term.

And before the clash against Brighton, it would have perhaps been fair to say that Cooper was comfortably the third choice option having given Monk little reason, on the pitch anyway, to make a change.

But having struggled for much of the season, Cooper will be hoping to capitalise on his excellent display against the Seagulls by impressing for the national team should he get his chance. 

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