Our young midfielder is on Northern Ireland Under-21 duty in a European Championship qualifier in Denmark.
The last time he travelled with the Irish squad he ended up on the bench for the senior team’s World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic.
“I think that’s the whole point of the Under-21s,” Ciaran pointed out. “Results are important but performances are more important.
“If the senior manager needs any players you have to be doing well for the Under-21s to get that chance.
“A few of us have already done it. George McCartney, who plays for Sunderland, has been called into the senior squad. That goes to show you if you are doing well, the manager won’t be afraid to call you up.”
Ciaran was also named skipper last time around but wasn’t thinking about the armband this week.
“It’s a great honour just to be involved,” he added. “I’m looking forward to it. Results haven’t gone our way and we’re not doing all that well in the group but at this stage we’re looking at performances and trying to impress the senior manager.
“We’ve done well. It’s taken time and will take time for the team to gel together but the team spirit is good on and off the pitch.
“It’s just a matter of time before we all click together and hopefully then we’ll do well.”
Ciaran Toner will hope to catch Sammy McIlroy’s eye again on Friday night.