Liam Cooper has been labeled as ‘terrific’ by former Scotland international Kris Commons – but the ex-playmaker insists the Leeds United centre-back is better with four at the back.

The Leeds United captain started Scotland’s first match at Euro 2020 in place of the injured Kieran Tierney, Steve Clarke’s side losing 2-0 to Czech Republic. It was his sole display at Scotland’s first major finals since 1998 as the nation was eliminated at the group stages, following a draw with England and defeat to Croatia.

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Leeds United captain Liam Cooper made one appearance. (Photo by ROBERT PERRY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Commons believes he’s a good centre-back, but Cooper isn’t suited to playing in Clarke’s 3-5-2 system according to the ex-midfielder, Leeds United’s captain playing as a left-sided centre-back (DM): “He only played against the Czechs. It was a game I felt was all wrong tactically as none of the centre-halves were comfortable driving into midfield.

 

“I think he’s a terrific defender and a good leader with a decent turn of pace. But he’ll always be more comfortable in a back-four or when he doesn’t have to move into midfield.”

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