COVE RANGERS COMPLETE SWOOP FOR CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AND FORMER IBROX WING ACE AIRD
NEW ARRIVAL: Fraser Aird, who signed for Cove Rangers tonight.
COVE Rangers have tonight completed the signing of Canadian international and former Glasgow Rangers winger Fraser Aird.
The 24-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving Championship side Dundee United earlier this month, has agreed a short-term deal until January.
Fraser, who turned down offers from other clubs to sign on at Balmoral Stadium, said: “I’m just delighted to get the opportunity to get back playing again.
“It’s not nice being out of the game and I’m grateful to be given this opportunity to get back in with Cove Rangers.
“There were a few other options on the table but as soon as I spoke to Cove manager Paul Hartley and the chairman (Keith Moorhouse) I knew this was where I wanted to be.
“I already know some of the guys at Cove, I played with Fraser Fyvie at United and also with Declan Glass and Matty Smith, who are here on loan.
“I spoke to Fraser when the chance to come to Cove came up and he told me I would be coming to a club that is ambitious and has fantastic facilities.
“They are moving in the right direction and also play good football, which was another major attraction.
“The opportunity to play for manager Paul Hartley was another draw.
“We had a good chat yesterday and he made his ambitions for Cove clear and how much he wanted to have me involved.
“I’m really looking forward to Saturday’s game against Annan Athletic and eager to show I can do well for the club.”
Fraser has been capped eight times for Canada and also played for Vancouver Whitecaps, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South.
The Toronto-born winger came through the youth system at Ibrox and helped Glasgow Rangers win the Scottish Third Division title in 2013 and the League One tittle the following season.
Fraser made 85 appearances and scored 12 times for the Light Blues and was voted their young player of the year in season 2013-14.
He qualified to play for Scotland through his parents and was capped for them at youth level.
But Fraser eventually opted to play for Canada - and scored his first senior goal for them against Scotland in a 1-1 draw in 2017.
Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley said: “We are delighted to have added a player of Fraser’s quality to our squad.
“We only found out in the last couple of days that he might be available so I can only thank the chairman and the other directors for all they did to get a deal agreed.
“Even though it’s a short term contract, it suits both parties.
“It gives Fraser the chance to get back to enjoying playing football again.
“And the bonus for is we are getting a very high quality player, he still had a year left on his contract with Dundee United until they agreed to go their separate ways.
“He’s a full international and played a lot of games at high levels for a player of his age.
“The more good players we can get the more our chances of doing well in our first season in the SPFL will be.”
WELCOME ABOARD: Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley with new signing Fraser Aird at Balmoral Stadium.