Aird celebrating a goal for former club Rangers (Credit – The Daily Record)
According to reports, City boss Neil Warnock is keeping track of Falkirk right wing-back, Fraser Aird. The 22 year old was born in Toronto, Canada, and recently scored his first goal for his homeland against the birthplace of his parents, Scotland. More importantly, this is a game in which Neil Warnock was in attendance for. Aird was eligible to play for either Canada or Scotland, and represented both countries at youth level. In 2015, he pledged his alliance to Canada. He is a boy-hood Rangers fan, and signed youth forms for the club at 16. A year later and he had made his first team debut for ‘The Gers’ in a 4-1 victory over Montrose, in Scotland’s third division. His first goal for the club came about during his first competitive appearance of the the 2013/2014 season against Forfar Athleitic in the Scottish League Cup.
Aird in action for Vancouver Whitecaps
On January 29th 2016, Canadian born Aird joined MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps. He made 18 appearances during his short-spell back in Canada, not hitting the back of the net once. 12 months later, and Aird had left Rangers on a permanent basis in order to find regular game time. He had signed for a fellow Scottish side in Falkirk. To date, Aird has made 10 appearances for the Scottish Championship side, scoring 1 goal in the process.
Featuring for current employers, Falkirk (Credit – The Evening Times)
Aird’s current deal at Falkirk expires in the summer, which means he could be snapped up on a free. He plays primarily as a right wing-back, but with Warnock unlikely to play a formation involving wing backs, and with two very much capable right backs already at the club in Peltier and Richards, it seems that Warnock would likely use Aird as a right winger instead. A position which he has played in the past. However, Warnock will face competition for his signature, if rumours are believed to be true. Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Fleetwood Town, and Plymouth Argyle are all said to be interested in bring the Falkirk wide-man to their respective clubs. What falls in Warnock’s favour is that Cardiff are the only club who can currently pretty much guarantee Championship football next season, with Blackburn and Wigan currently occupying two of the three relegation places, and with Fleetwood and Plymouth currently playing their trade in League 1 and League 2 respectively.
Why would Warnock need more options out wide?
Noone, Harris, and Hoilett (at the front)
Craig Noone is constantly in and out of the side, and it was rumoured that he was very close to joining Burton Albion on deadline day in January, with Harris and Hoilett still not committing themselves to the club next season by not signing new deals as of yet. It could mean that the City boss could be left with little options on the flanks. With Fraser Aird still only at 22, and the possibility of him being available on a free, he’s surely worth a punt City fans? Maybe the reason why Warnock went to watch Scotland play Canada at Easter Road was to watch Aird in action? A game in which the Falkirk man scored in. Despite City duo Allan McGregor and Junior Hoilett both starting the game. Keep an eye on this one.