Fraser Aird

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Fraser Aird
Fraser Aird 2014.jpg
Aird celebrating a goal for Rangers in 2014
Personal information
Full name Fraser Aird
Date of birth (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 22)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Falkirk
Number 33
Youth career
2011–2012 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Rangers 62 (9)
2016 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (loan) 18 (0)
2017– Falkirk 10 (1)
National team
2010 Canada U15 1 (0)
2011–2012 Scotland U17 8 (2)
2013 Scotland U19 2 (2)
2015– Canada 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2017

Fraser Aird (born 2 February 1995) is a Canadian professional footballer who currently plays for Scottish Championship club Falkirk and the Canada national team.

Early life[edit]

Aird is a boyhood fan of his former club Rangers due to his Scottish, Rangers-supporting parents emigrating to Canada in 1987.[1][2][3]

Club career[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Aird signed as a youth for Rangers at the age of sixteen.[1] 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.[4] Aird was incorrectly listed as the goalkeeper by many media sources during a match against Elgin City in December 2012 when it was actually Neil Alexander.[5][6] He scored his first goal for the club against Queens Park at Hampden Park on 29 December 2012.[7]

In his 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 2014, after a 1–1 draw with Dunfermline Athletic, Aird was among the Rangers players who made history by becoming the first Rangers side in 115 years to go an entire league season unbeaten, during which they clinched the Scottish League One championship.[8]

Aird joined Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a season-long loan on 29 January 2016.[9][10] He made his debut against Montreal Impact on 7 March 2016.[11]

Falkirk[edit]

On January 18, 2017, Aird signed for Falkirk of the Scottish Championship until the end of the end of the season after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract with Rangers.[12][13] He made his debut for Falkirk in a 2–0 defeat to Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup.[citation needed] His first goal came against Ayr United in a 4–1 win on 11 March 2017.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Aird was part of a Canadian under-15 camp in 2010 and played in a friendly against the US the same year.[14] After moving to Scotland, the country of his parents birth, Aird made his debut for Scotland at under-17 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 under-17 game, he scored against Denmark.[15]

Aird was named in the preliminary Canadian national team squad for the 2013 Gold Cup in the US,[16] however he turned down a call up to the final squad[14] and later in the same year represented Scotland under-19's. Aird played twice for Scotland under-19 in friendlies scoring in 4–2 victory over Switzerland.[17][18]

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.[19][20] 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.[21]

On 28 September 2015 it was reported on the official Rangers website that Aird had been called up by Canada for an October friendly against Ghana.[22] Aird got his first senior international cap in the match coming on as a second-half substitute for Karl Ouimette in the eventual 1–1 draw on 13 October 2015.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 April 2017 [24]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2012–13 Scottish Third Division 19 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 3
2013–14 Scottish League One 27 5 6 1 1 1 3[a] 0 37 7
2014–15 Scottish Championship 13 1 1 0 4 0 4[a] 1 22 2
2015–16 Scottish Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
2016–17 Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 62 9 9 1 6 1 8 1 85 12
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (loan) 2016 Major League Soccer 18 0 2[b] 0 4[c] 0 24 0
Falkirk 2016–17 Scottish Championship 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Career total 90 10 12 1 6 1 12 1 120 13
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in the Canadian Championship
  3. ^ Appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League

International[edit]

As of 11 November 2016 [25]
National team Year Apps Goals
Canada 2015 1 0
2016 3 0
2017 1 1
Total 5 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 March 2017 Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland  Scotland 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rangers

Individual[edit]

  • Rangers Young Player of the Year 2013–14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scarborough teen signed by Scottish giant Rangers FC". Toronto Star. Toronto, Ontario: Star Media Group. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Family pride at stake for Rangers' starlet Fraser Aird as dad flies in". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Born to be a Rangers". Toronto Observer. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Scarborough teen debuts with Glasgow Rangers". Toronto Star. Toronto, Ontario: Star Media Group. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Smith, Neil (22 December 2012). "Elgin City 2–6 Rangers". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club. 
  6. ^ Lindsay, Clive (22 December 2012). "Elgin City 2–6 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Murray, Keir (29 December 2012). "Queen's Park 0–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Richard (4 May 2014). "Rangers' title march earned through grinding out victories". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  9. ^ "Fraser Aird joins Vancouver Whitecaps on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Whitecaps FC acquire Canadian international Fraser Aird on season-long loan with transfer option from Rangers FC". Whitecapsfc.com. Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club. 29 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Collins, Robert (March 8, 2016). "Fraser Aird made his MLS debut and it didn't go to plan". The Sun. News UK. 
  12. ^ Galindo, Alan (18 January 2017). "Bairns Add Aird". The Scottish Sun. News UK. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Fraser Aird: Midfielder leaves Rangers to join Falkirk". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 January 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Aird gets his foot in Canadian soccer door - Sportsnet.ca". 
  15. ^ "Fraser Aird – Scotland U17 profile". ScottishFA.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Canada announces preliminary roster for Gold Cup" (Press release). Canada Soccer. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Fraser Aird – Scotland U19 profile". ScottishFA.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Jack, Chris (19 July 2013). "Decision time for Gers kid Fraser Aird as Scotland tussle with Canada". Evening Times. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Rumour Mill: Fraser Forster | Rangers | World Cup". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Fraser Aird tweet". Twitter. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Canada M20 setting sights on 2015". Canada Soccer Association. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Livingston Game Postponed". 28 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "Canada MNT deliver impressive performance in Ghana draw". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  24. ^ Fraser Aird at Soccerway
  25. ^ "Aird, Fraser". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  26. ^ "Rangers celebrate Scottish Third Division title win". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 March 2013. 
  27. ^ Wilson, Richard (12 March 2014). "Rangers 3-0 Airdrieonians". BBC Sport. BBC. 

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