Fraser Aird

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Fraser Aird
Personal information
Full name Fraser Aird
Date of birth (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Toronto, Canada
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 4
Youth career
2011–2012 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Rangers 52 (8)
National team
2011–2012 Scotland U17 8 (2)
2013– Scotland U19 2 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fraser Aird (born 2 February 1995) is a professional footballer who currently plays for Scottish Championship side Rangers.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Aird is a boyhood fan of his current club Rangers due to his Scottish, Rangers-supporting, parents immigrating to Canada in 1987.[3][4][5]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Aird signed as a youth for Rangers at the age of sixteen.[3]

Rangers[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

Within a year at the club he worked his way from the under-17 squad to the under-19 squad, eventually making his first team debut during a 4–1 victory over Montrose in the Scottish Third Division on 23 September 2012.[6] He scored his first goal for the club against Queens Park at Hampden on 29 December 2012.[7]

2013–14 season[edit]

In the first competitive match of the 2013–14 season he scored the first goal for Rangers as a half-time substitute against Forfar Athletic in the League Cup, Rangers went on to lose 2–1.

On 3 May Rangers players made history by becoming the first Rangers side in 115 years to go an entire league season unbeaten after a 1–1 draw with Dunfermline during which they clinched the Scottish League One championship.

2014–15 season[edit]

International career[edit]

Aird made his debut for Scotland at U17 level in a friendly international tournament in August 2011. In 2012, he made his debut in a UEFA competition for Scotland featuring in the UEFA Under 17 Championship qualifying campaign against Macedonia. In his final U17 game, he scored against Denmark.[8]

Aird was called up to the preliminary Canadian national team squad for the 2013 Gold Cup in the US,[9] although he had since been called up to the Scotland under-19's, representing the Scottish team in several youth international friendlies. His scored for the U19s in a 4–2 victory over Switzerland.[10][11]

In April 2014 it was reported that Aird was set to pledge his international allegiance to Canada and join the senior squad for friendlies against Bulgaria and Moldova in Austria the following month, a claim the player later refuted on his personal Twitter account by saying he was still undecided on his future.[12][13] In May 2014 Aird joined a training camp in Florida with the Canadian Under-20 team in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the tournament which will serve as CONCACAF qualification for 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 April 2014[15]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2012–13 19 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 3
2013–14 27 5 6 1 1 1 3 0 37 7
2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Career Total 47 8 8 1 2 1 4 0 61 10

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rangers

Personal awards[edit]

  • Rangers Young Player of the Year 2013–14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fraser Aird Profile". Rangers FC. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fraser Aird profile". UEFA. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Scarborough teen signed by Scottish giant Rangers FC". Toronto Star. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Family pride at stake for Rangers' starlet Fraser Aird as dad flies in". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Born to be a Rangers". Toronto Observer. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Scarborough teen debuts with Glasgow Rangers". Toronto Star. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Queen's Park 0–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 29 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Fraser Aird – Scotland U17 profile". ScottishFA.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Canada announces preliminary roster for Gold Cup" (Press release). Canada Soccer. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Fraser Aird – Scotland U19 profile". ScottishFA.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Jack, Chris (19 July 2013). "Decision time for Gers kid Fraser Aird as Scotland tussle with Canada". Evening Times. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rumour Mill: Fraser Forster | Rangers | World Cup". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Fraser Aird tweet". Twitter. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Canada M20 setting sights on 2015". Canada Soccer Association. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Fraser Aird profile at Soccerway

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