Rangers duo Aird and Zelalem are currently away with their respective countries of Canada and the USA, and Mark Warburton has told the official Gers’ website that the experience will be a great learning curve for them.
Warburton said: “Gedion and Fraser are playing over in the US in the Olympic qualifying, so it’s a tough ask for them against a good standard of opposition. They’ll learn again, the important part for us is to make sure they get the rest and recovery when they are coming back from transatlantic flights etc.”
18-year-old Zelalem, on loan at Rangers from Arsenal, is currently with the USA Under-23 squad for ties with Canada, Cuba and Panama, whilst Fraser Aird received his first senior call-up for Canada, since changing his allegiance from the Scotland national side.
He is in line to make his debut for the side on October 13, when Canada take on Ghana in a friendly, and this is the kind of experience that will prove vital experience for Aird.
Where else will he be able to develop against a group of players considered as one of the best countries in the world, with Ghana expected to put up a strong fight against the Canucks.
Zelalem’s experience will not be as fruitful, but he will still be playing against a group of players up to five years his senior, and it will be great for the youngster to continue his physical development so he can cope with the senior game.
Aird has only been a peripheral figure for Rangers this season, whilst Zelalem has played a key role in Warburton’s first-team, and it is good to see they are continuing to develop whilst away on international duty facing varying challenges.