By Will Butcher
Leeds defensive duo Liam Bridcutt and Liam Cooper were scouted by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during the team’s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
But they have been overlooked for Scotland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Lithuania.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay revealed via his Twitter account that Leeds legend Strachan has decided to look elsewhere despite watching the Leeds duo star in the club’s emphatic 2-0 win at Hillsborough.
Gordon Strachan was at Hillsborough on Saturday but no Cooper or Bridcutt in the latest Scotland squad. #lufclive
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 22, 2016
New signing Bridcutt, who made his second debut for the Whites on Sunday after spending last season on loan with the Whites, has made two appearances for Scotland after qualifying to play through his Edinburgh-born grandfather.
Centre-back Liam Cooper has yet to make his Scotland bow, despite being called up to face Denmark in March. The 24-year-old, who was born in Hull, has featured for Scotland’s under-19 and under-17 youth sides.
Bridcutt was also called up to face Denmark in March, entering the game as a substitute which saw him add to his debut cap earned back in 2013 against Serbia.
Former Leeds star Ross McCormack has also been overlooked by Strachan, despite the 29-year-old making a £12million move to Aston Villa earlier this summer. The 59-year-old boss has opted to select strikers Chris Martin, Steven Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths and Steven Naismith.
In other Leeds news, this out-of-favour striker is set to stay at Elland Road.