Celtic England star shows Manchester City’s Cieran Slicker the way to the top

The Celtic goalkeeper remains a key influence for the 19-year-old who is trying to fight his way to the top of the game.

Making his second outing in Scotland under-21 against Denmark on Thursday, things did not go as planned as he was unable to deal with a goal from Gustav Isaksen that ultimately settled the qualifying result for the European Championship.

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But he can learn from that and believes that having done well to contain the top seeds in a 1-0 win, when Scot Gemmill’s team take on Kazakhstan and Belgium in next month’s double game, he will enter those. matches with confidence.

Scotland U21 goalkeeper Cieran Slicker looked dejected after conceding the only goal of the match in qualifying for the European Championship against Denmark. Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group

“I should have saved it. It cost us, but I think I learned from it. As a team, I think there are a lot of positives to the game and for me it was about forgetting about the goal.

“I thought I did well for the rest of the game. But I know that for a goalkeeper it is about that moment.

“But I can get a lot out of this experience. I think playing for a team like Demark is the highest level you can get in our age group, so for me, having that exposure is great.

“Bringing him back to my club, playing at the Under 23 level, gives me a great boost.

“Joe was my hero growing up. When I was younger, I was a ball boy at City, so I used to watch him closely. I tried to collect everything I could.

“Over the last few years, I’ve talked to him a lot. I was lucky to be able to do that and Joe is a great guy and a great goalkeeper, with a great career behind him.

“His advice to me was to try to play as many first team games as I could and never give up. He told me to try to expose myself to the first team and that’s what I’m looking to do now, but, for me, to play for Scotland Sub- 21 is the equivalent of playing at the level of the first team ”.

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