The Canadian international has joined the MLS club on a season-long loan with a transfer option.
The 20-year-old Canadian international joined the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move and is now expected to battle Costa Rican Jordan Smith for the club’s starting right-back job ahead of the 2016 season.
Speaking to Vancouver’s official website, head coach Carl Robinson said: "We're delighted to bring Fraser into our club. 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."
Born in Scarborough, Ontario to Scottish parents, Aird grew up supporting Rangers in Canada before moving across the Atlantic to sign with the Glasgow outfit at the age of 16.
Within a year of joining his boyhood club, the promising utility man made his senior debut in September 2012 and went on to be named the Gers’ Young Player of the Year the following season after recording seven goals and 10 assists in 37 appearances.
In total, he has featured 85 times for the club, scoring 17 goals and adding 12 assists, but has found his first-team opportunities limited over the past two terms in the Scottish Championship.
Before leaving for Vancouver, the one-time capped Canadian had failed to make a single start under manager Mark Warburton and it now remains to be seen whether he still has a future at Ibrox.
The Whitecaps will certainly be looking to turn his temporary spell into a permanent one if he impresses over the course of the coming campaign, and most Rangers fans seem to think that would be the best move for his career after his recent struggles.
Here is how some of them reacted on Twitter to news of his move to MLS…
Aird away to play in Canada it's a strange one can see his career just slipping away now.— Scott (@ScottWi1son) January 29, 2016
Nice to see Fraser Aird away on loan, don't really see a place in the team for him and now he gets to play against Kaka, Lampard & Gerrard— snedders (@_snedders) January 29, 2016
Just saw that we've loaned out Fraser Aird out to Vancouver Whitecaps. Hopefully he comes back to us a better player. Best of luck, wee man.— William AF Cahill (@WilliamCahill91) January 29, 2016
Can't see Fraser Aird coming back to Rangers. Warbs doesn't seem to fancy him, which is fair! Good luck to him tho hope he does well— Craig Smith (@csljm84) January 29, 2016
Wonder if Aird will come back to @RangersFC. Not sure he will.— London Blue Nose (@londonbluenose) January 29, 2016
Not sorry to see aird go worst player I have seen at ibrox in a long time I my opinion— 54soontobe55 (@CraWilkie) January 29, 2016
I just don't see that lad Aird ever being a 1st team regular at Rangers.— Rangers 4 Me (@Ned_Stevens) January 29, 2016
Fair enough that Aird has gone to play regular games in CanAda but where the hell is our full back cover? #Rangers— Robert Ryan (@Boab10) January 29, 2016
Glad that Aird is gone— Damien Speirs (@Damien1872) January 29, 2016
Really hope Aird's loan works out for him. Good boy but not quite good enough for Rangers— Damian B (@Rangers_Bud) January 29, 2016
Kinda feel for Aird, Hope the loan works out for him and comes back to us in the summer, Shone some glimpses of a good player— Nathan (@NathDC_1872) January 29, 2016
I don't see a place in the team for Aird. Haven't for a while. Doesn't do it for me. But good luck to him— Kevin (@KevinRFC72) January 29, 2016
Glad Fraser Aird has left, put in the effort but God he was rank rotten.— David Nimmo © (@Nimsay1872) January 29, 2016