Former Scotland defender Gordon McQueen is not a fan of the national team hunting for ‘distant bloodline’ for players to represent the Scots on the international stage.

Leeds defender Liam Cooper is the latest in the long line of players who have been selected for the national team, despite not being a Scot by birth, but by lineage.

The 24-year-old qualifies to play for Scotland through his grandfather on his father’s side, and McQueen, who is a traditionalist, is not a big fan of such ways to get into the national team.

A celebrated centre half in his playing days, the former Leeds defender insisted that either someone is a born a Scotsman or he is not, and the Scotland FA’s hunt for players’ distant bloodlines to get them to play for the national team is something he is not a big fan of.

The former Scotland and Leeds defender told the Scotsman: “You are either Scottish or you aren’t.  


“That is my take on it and no one will convince me otherwise.

“When it comes to my opinion on this hunting around for a distant bloodline I’m accused of having my head stuck in the sand but I’m too long in the tooth to change.”

McQueen, who also played for Manchester United, earned 30 international caps for Scotland.