Leeds United’s Liam Cooper struggled at times on his Scotland debut.

It looks like it wasn’t a brilliant international debut for Leeds United’s Liam Cooper.

The Hull-born defender made his long-awaited bow for Scotland in last night’s 2-1 defeat by Russia at Hampden Park.

Cooper has twice been drafted into the Scotland squad for qualifiers in 2016 and 2017, but it was a case of third-time lucky for the Leeds captain.

But he struggled to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

The long-serving United centre-back was partially culpable in Russia’s winner with some very questionable defending moments before the visitors’ winner.

And suffice to say that Scottish fans weren’t happy with their first impressions of the Leeds star last night.

Despite a dodgy first performance, Cooper is a very good centre-back and you need only consider the fact that Marcelo Bielsa, a world-renowned coach, is a huge fan of his.

In March, the Leeds boss, who invariably plays the 28-year-old when fit, said to The Yorkshire Evening Post: “You can’t find a better professional than him. He feels love from his profession apart from the fact it’s his job.”

He is indeed a fine professional and one who will be determined to make amends for last night.

 

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