Cieran Slicker says it was a ‘really special moment’ to make his Manchester City debut, despite the Scotland U21s international ending his night on a stretcher.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola handed Slicker the chance to impress at senior level in a friendly with Preston North End this week. But after a clash of heads, was substituted swiftly. Slicker will play a key part in Scott Gemmill’s new rotation of Scotland U21s players and the goalkeeper he feels ‘fine’ after the knock.

Manchester City v Preston North End: Pre-Season Friendly

Slicker was handed a senior chance by Guardiola but ended the night injured. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

He said: “Thank you everyone for your messages, I’m feeling fine now.

“Gutted for the night to finish how it did but it was still a really special moment to have made my debut for the club I have been at since the age of seven. Also a big thanks to the club doctors.”

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