Canada international Fraser Aird (#2) had played for Scotland's Rangers since the 2012/13 season. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)
VANCOUVER, Canada – Fraser Aird got his first taste of BC Place in Vancouver last November, when he made the Canada gameday roster a 1-0 win over Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.
He didn’t see any action in that game, but the defender will now call the stadium home as the Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday that they acquired the 20-year-old on a season-long loan from Scotland’s Rangers. There is also an option to make the deal permanent.
"We're delighted to bring Fraser into our club," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "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 was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and moved to Scotland at 16-years-old. He was involved in the Scottish youth system, but committed to playing for Canada last year, making his full international debut for in a 1-1 draw against Ghana in October.
Although World Cup Qualifying has been his first experience with CONCACAF opposition, Aird will likely be seeing a lot more of the best teams in the region. Vancouver will play in the next Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League season thanks to its 2015 Amway Canadian Championship title.
"I'm delighted to have joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a season-long loan," said Aird. "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."
Aird is expected to be with the club for pre-season activities in Tucson, Arizona, that start on Sunday.