Tue. May 17th, 2022

The Celtic goalkeeper remains an important influence on the 19-year-old, who is trying to get to the top of the game.

By making his second Scotland U-21 start against Denmark on Thursday, things did not go according to plan, as he did not manage a Gustav Isaksen strike, which ultimately decided the result of the European Championship qualifiers.

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But he can learn from that and believes that after doing well to contain the best seeds for a 1-0 win when Scot Gemmill’s side take on Kazakhstan and Belgium in next month’s doubles, they will go into these struggle with confidence.

Scotland’s U-21 goalkeeper Cieran Slicker was a worn-out man after closing the match’s only goal in the European Championship qualifier 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 positive things to take from the match and it was about forgetting the goal for me.

“I thought I did well the rest of the match. But I know, for a goalkeeper, it’s about one moment.

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

“Bringing it back to my club, playing at a level under 23, gives me a big boost.

“Joe was my hero when I was growing up. When I was younger, I was a ballboy in City, so I saw him up close. I tried to pick up as much as I could.

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve talked a lot with him. I was so 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 matches as I could and never give up. He told me to try to get first-team exposure and that’s what I’m looking to do now, but for me to play for Scotland’s U- 21s is equivalent to playing at first team level. ”

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