Rangers loanee Fraser Aird discusses his chances of joining Vancouver Whitecaps permanently, Kenny Miller's influence

The 21-year-old Canadian international joined the MLS club on Friday on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move.

Rangers youngster Fraser Aird has revealed that Gers teammate Kenny Miller had a big influence on his decision to accept a loan move to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Aird, 21, joined the Whitecaps last week on a season-long loan with a transfer option and is now set to compete with Costa Rican Jordan Smith for the starting right-back job ahead of the 2016 MLS campaign.

The Canadian utility man had discussions with a “few” other teams in recent weeks but ultimately decided on Vancouver after holding talks with head coach Carl Robinson and seeking the advice of former ‘Caps favourite Miller.

The Scottish striker bagged 14 goals in 43 games for the Canadian club between 2012 and 2014 before returning to Rangers for a third stint at Ibrox, and his recommendation helped convince Aird to make the jump across the Atlantic.

Speaking to Metro Vancouver about Miller’s influence, the one-time capped international said: “He’s still good pals with the manager, and speaking back and forth to Robbo and speaking to Kenny Miller, that kind of got the deal over the line in a way.”

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.

The youngster has since made 85 total appearances for his boyhood club, recording 17 goals and 12 assists, but was eager to head out on loan after featuring just four times under Mark Warburton this season.

His move to Vancouver is with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the 2016 campaign, but the defender-cum-winger is not thinking that far into the future at this stage.

“Further down the line, you can’t predict the future,” he told Metro Vancouver. “If I come here and I love it, I get on with the manager, I play 25, 35 games, you never know what can happen.

“But at the end of the day, I’m here to play football and take it each step at a time. Don’t want to look too far ahead.”

Aird could play his first game for the Whitecaps in Wednesday’s opening preseason friendly against the Seattle Sounders in Tuscon, Arizona.

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