Manchester City kid Cieran Slicker admits it was a ‘class’ experience to be involved in the Scotland youth setup for the first time.
The goalkeeper has featured on a few occasions for the Scotland youngsters after it was made known that he could represent the Tartan Army via his Glaswegian father.
Now the City stopper has reflected on his U17s debut. He told the Daily Record: “Just seeing my name in the squad was class. It was this time last year, Malky Mackay was having a tour around the academy, that everyone found out I could play for Scotland.
“I knew I could but I didn’t notify anybody, my coaches knew but I don’t think Scotland knew. So I thought that was a prime time to tell him. One of the scouts at City came and introduced me.
“He knew I wanted to play for Scotland so he was like ‘This is Cieran, he’s a top lad, said he wants to play for Scotland’ and Malky said ‘We’ll get you down as soon as we can then.’ We held back from that then a month later I got the call-up to the Under-17s which I was buzzing with. It’s an honour.”
Slicker is developing at Manchester City
Scotland youth international Slicker is in the current Manchester City U18s squad. So far this season in the U18s Premier League he has made three appearances.
In those he has kept two cleans sheets and conceded just once. He’ll be looking for more appearances and chances to build up his clean sheet tally for the young City side over the course of the campaign.
With world class facilities at his disposal and the likes of Ederson to look up to, Slicker is in a very good place to learn his professional trade.
Perhaps we’ll see more of this promising star on the senior scene in the coming years.