BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Ibrox youngster Fraser Aird has revealed how Rangers striker Kenny Miller helped to seal his loan switch to Vancouver Whitecaps.
Miller, 36, enjoyed two years with the Major League Soccer outfit, scoring 13 goals in the process, and remains in touch with Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson.
And Aird was grateful for the influence of his experienced Gers teammate as he secured a season-long loan with the Canadian side in a bid to kick-start his career.
The 21-year-old said: “Kenny is still good pals with the manager (Carl Robinson). And speaking back and forth to Robbo and speaking to Kenny Miller, that kind of got the deal over the line.
“I found myself not being involved as much as I’d like to be at Rangers. When the new manager came in, the team was doing well and the manager was kind of sticking to same lineup.
“I just thought it was in my best interest that I need to go to get regular game time and, speaking to Carl Robinson and to a few other people, this was probably my best option.”
Aird appeared destined for a bright future at Ibrox when he broke onto the scene in 2012, subsequently making 85 appearances , scoring 12 goals winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award in 2013.
However, he has not ruled out leaving Rangers for the Whitecaps permanently.
He told Vancouver Metro: “Further down the line, you can’t predict the future. 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 I’m here to play football and take it each step at a time. Don’t want to look too far ahead.”