Fraser Aird admits Warburton supported international decision, also spoke to Alex McLeish

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Rangers youngster Fraser Aird has opened up about his decision to represent Canada.

Rangers youngster Fraser Aird has told Sportsnet in Canada that Mark Warburton was 'delighted' with the decision over his international future.

Aird, 20, was born in Canada to Scottish parents, and he has come up through the ranks with his boyhood club Rangers, and has now made over 80 first team appearances for the club.

He may not be a regular under Mark Warburton, but Aird has recently had a huge decision to make, with two countries vying for his services.

His dual nationality allowed him to play for either Canada or Scotland - and he chose to go with the country of his birth, despite playing for Scotland at youth level.

Aird has now been called up to the Canada senior squad for a friendly against Ghana, and whilst he would still be able to change back to Scotland until he plays a competitive match, it seems that he has made a definite call over his future.

Now, speaking to Sportsnet in Canada, Aird has admitted that he spoke to former Rangers manager Alex McLeish about which country to pledge his allegiance to, whilst he also praised his current boss Warburton for being supportive over his decision.

"He was delighted," said Aird. "Mark only recently came to Rangers but I had conversations with my former manager Alex McLeish last year and he was actually keen on me to play for Canada if that was my decision. He played for Scotland so obviously his loyalty was to them, but he told me whatever decision I made would be my choice and he’d support me in whatever I would do.

"He was happy for me to play for Canada. He was supportive and Mark was supportive this year with me going away with Canada. He knows that it’s a good experience for me and that it can only make me better as a player at club level," he added.

Aird is still learning his trade at the age of just 20, and playing alongside international footballers should help him become more of an asset to Rangers - which will no doubt please Warburton, as he looks to develop his own players at Ibrox.

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