Tam McManus wanted Liam Cooper to play against Netherlands

Liam Cooper of Leeds United (L) leads his team out prior to  The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sutton United and Leeds United at Borough Sports Ground on January 29, 2017 in...

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper did not play for Scotland against the Netherlands on Thursday.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United FC passses the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on August 22, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper must be wondering what he needs to do in order to get playing time for the Scotland national football team.

Cooper, who can operate as a central defender or as a left-back, has played for the Scotland Under-17 and Scotland Under-19 sides, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team.

The 26-year-old has been called up to the senior team on a number of occasions, but the defender has always been an unused substitute.

Liam Cooper of Leeds (L) battles for the ball with Neal Murphy of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in...

The former Hull City defender would have expected to play some part against the Netherlands at the Pittodrie Stadium on Thursday evening, but once again he was left on the substitutes’ bench during the international friendly match.

Former Hibernian and Dundee forward Tam McManus, 36, was following the match, and he was disappointed that Cooper was not brought on as a substitute.

Liam Cooper (R) of Leeds United challenges Jordan Rhodes of  Blackburn Rovers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers on October 29, 2015 in Leeds,...

Cooper is one of the best defenders at Leeds, and Scotland need to make him an important part of the team going forward.

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