Leeds United central defender Liam Cooper is about to make his full Scotland debut against Denmark and, according to the Scottish Sun, he wants to become an Elland Road legend.
The lineage of Scottish players to grace the Elland Road turf stretches back to the Revie glory years and likely beyond, each having a photograph adorning the walls of Elland Road.
Among the Scottish contingent there are names like Bremner, Lorimer, the Gray brothers, Jordan, McQueen mingling with more modern players such as McAllister and Snodgrass – not forgetting current Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. Now Liam Cooper wants to join this illustrious gathering.
The Scottish Sun say that Cooper, who has already represented Scotland at Under-17 and Under-19 levels, is “inspired” by the Scottish links to Leeds United and “eager to follow the heroes” whose pictures and memories are constantly ingrained into the Leeds United psyche.
Speaking of this to the Scottish Sun, Liam Cooper is effusive in his praise of what has gone before him at Elland Road saying, “I’m obviously well aware of the Leeds players who have appeared for Scotland. They’re before my time. But they are highly thought of and their pictures are all over the walls at Elland Road. They are heroes in Leeds. There’s a statue of Billy Bremner outside the ground too. So we’re well aware of the Scottish link — and it’s good to be a part of it.”
Commenting on what he feels that he can bring to the Scotland team, Cooper says that it will be his commitment to the cause that fans will see when he steps out against the Danes. On this, Cooper says, “I’m a player who will always wear his heart on his sleeve, I’ll always give my all. Hopefully that will show. The team the manager was a part of at Leeds was great — full of legends of football.”
Whilst Scotland and Leeds legend Gordon McQueen may think that Liam Cooper is lucky to gain a full Scotland call-up, Cooper himself is just looking forward to turning out for his country.