Carl Robinson's response when asked about Vancouver Whitecaps' reported interest in Rangers youngster Fraser Aird

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The MLS club are reportedly in talks over a loan deal for the 20-year-old Canadian utility man.

It’s no secret that the Vancouver Whitecaps are looking for a new right-back after trading Steven Beitashour to Toronto FC last month, and recent speculation has suggested that one could soon be arriving from Scotland.

Reports emerged earlier this week that talks are being held with Rangers over a loan move for defender-cum-midfielder Fraser Aird after head coach Carl Robinson confirmed that the Canadian club were targeting a right-back from outside MLS [h/t The Province].

Speaking at Tuesday’s training session [h/t], Robinson unsurprisingly declined to comment on whether Aird was the player in question but did reveal that a deal for Beitashour’s potential replacement could be wrapped up before the weekend if all goes to plan.

“You shouldn’t really talk about players… hopefully you’ll see in the next couple of days when something gets over the line,” Robinson told reporters when asked about the club’s rumoured interest in Aird. “We’re still working towards it. We’re still in contact with the other club to try and get it over the line, but as of yet we haven’t managed to.

“Hopefully we will in the next day or so. If not, we’re going to have to move on, but the other club has been very helpful with it. It’s just a little bit of a time thing.

“In any negotiation, it’s the two clubs agreeing, and then obviously the player and new club agreeing, so I don’t think there’ll be major problems with it. Hopefully it’s just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”

Aird, 20, has made 85 total appearances for Rangers since earning his professional debut for the club in September 2012 but has struggled for first-team opportunities this season, featuring just four times across all competitions.

The youngster, who was born in Toronto to Rangers-supporting Glaswegian parents, played for Scotland at both Under-17 and Under-19 level after joining the Gers in 2011 but has since switched his international allegiances to Canada.

His first and only senior cap so far came as a second-half substitute in October’s 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana in Washington D.C. but he is expected to be involved in head coach Benito Floro’s plans when their World Cup qualification campaign resumes in March.

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