Rangers youngster Fraser Aird tweets delight at first Canada call-up

The 20-year-old midfielder has been called up to Benito Floro's senior squad for a friendly against Ghana later this month.

Rangers youngster Fraser Aird was in buoyant mood on Friday after his first senior call-up to the Canadian national team was made official.

The 20-year-old midfielder’s call-up for the forthcoming friendly against Ghana on 13 October was no real surprise given that Rangers themselves had spilled the beans earlier this week but that made the announcement no less exciting for both him and fans of Les Rouges, who haven’t had much to shout about of late after watching their team finish bottom of their group at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the summer.

However, they received some great news on Wednesday ahead of World Cup qualifying when Queens Park Rangers winger Junior Hoilett ended his long-time national holdout and, with the Gers ace now on board as well, things look to be coming together at the perfect time for Benito Floro’s side.

"It is always important to provide an opportunity to new players to be integrated into the team from a tactical and social point of view," head coach Floro told canadiansoccer.com following the announcement of his latest 24-man squad. "To be part of future camps and our journey to Russia 2018, it was essential we brought them into our program this month for the Ghana match."

Born in Toronto to Scottish parents, Aird was in fact part of a Canadian Under-15 camp back in 2010 but he later represented Scotland at both Under-17 and Under-19 level after joining Rangers in 2011 at the age of 16.

Nevertheless, the youngster announced plans to switch allegiances to the country of his birth in April 2014 and was slated to be a part of the Canada squad at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship last winter before club commitments forced him to sit out the tournament.

He has since struggled for first-team opportunities at Ibrox but, having long-been considered one of the Glasgow outfit’s top prospects, he’s without doubt a promising addition for the North American nation.

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