Rangers youngster Fraser Aird joins Vancouver Whitecaps on season-long loan

The versatile Canadian international has joined the MLS club with a view to a permanent move.

After trading Steven Beitashour to Toronto FC last month, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to have found their new right-back.

On Friday, the MLS club announced the signing of Rangers youngster Fraser Aird on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move, pending receipt of his international transfer certificate and medical.

The 20-year-old Canadian international, who can play in defence or midfield, is set to arrive in Vancouver on Saturday before travelling with the squad for their pre-season training camp in Tuscon, Arizona.

"We're delighted to bring Fraser into our club," Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson told the club’s official website. "He is a bright young Canadian talent with great energy in his play and great character.

“He is still learning the game and hopefully we can help his talent progress. Fraser can play a variety of positions, but we'll be looking for him to compete in the right back area.”

Aird himself added: "I'm delighted to have joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a season-long loan. Hopefully I can come in and help the team and improve as a player under Carl Robinson. I'm looking forward to meeting up with the group and getting started right away."

Born in Scarborough, Ontario to Scottish parents, Aird grew up supporting Rangers in Canada before moving across the Atlantic to join the Glasgow outfit in 2011 at the age of 16.

The utility man has since made 85 total appearances for his boyhood club after earning his first-team debut in September 2012, while recording 17 goals and 12 assists, but he had featured just four times this term.

At the international level, the versatile prospect represented Scotland at the Under-17 and Under-19 level before later committing to Canada and making his senior debut as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw with Ghana last October.

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