Friday, 17 July 2015

Rangers' RB woes - is Fraser Aird the solution?


Only Mark Warburton knows the extent of Fraser Aird’s deployment at right back v Ayr. Only the Rangers manager knows what the thinking behind that move was, but it is an ‘experiment’ which appears to have worked fairly well.

With (ex) trialist Reece Wabara apparently no longer in Warburton’s thinking, the Englishman being a right back by trade, and recent rejection of Rangers’ undisclosed bid for Wigan’s right back James Tavernier, that slot in defence remains a real trouble spot.

There had been speculation that Spurs’ youth RB Ryan Fredericks was being primed for that position, but it has dulled down considerably in recent times, leaving a gaping hole.

Consequently young Canadian Aird found himself in the decidedly unfamiliar role of the defensive flank, like Robbie Crawford did briefly last season, and, like Crawford, covered himself rather well.

It must not be forgotten that Aird was completely mismanaged by Ally McCoist, and found himself ditched down to the unders by McDowall, then Stuart McCall. In short, he appears not to have been ready for the step up, but surely is now.

Is he a permanent solution to the RB dilemma? Surely not. But he does appear willing to fill that role if need be.

He said:

“I thought it (playing at right back) was good. I thought it was alright, the gaffer was happy with me so that’s the main thing. But no, it’s obviously different, a good learning experience for myself. I played there a few times with the 20s last year with Durranty and it just shows I can play different positions on the park. But it’s a good learning curve for me seeing a different part of the pitch! I’m happy with the performance today from myself.”

Aird has experience of that position previously under Durrant, and appears to have impressed Warburton there.

Whether he is to be used on a more permanent basis in that area remains to be seen.

9 comments:

  1. I noticed he was only one putting tackles in v Celtic. Since then I've always thought we should try him at RB. Suppose great minds ;)

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  2. What has happened to Darren McGregor? Would have thought he would the obvious RB cover?

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    1. Full backs these days need to be very quick and creative. McGregor can hardly defend never mind attack!

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    2. Mcgregor was best player for us last season, good reliable defender, would be great at RB or just infront of RB at right side of midfield

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  3. What is the story with Wabara anyway? Has anyone seen him round Murray Park? Is he a Ghost defender?
    Anyone know what's goin' on?

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    1. He has been punted

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    2. i heard he thougt there was so much talent already at murray park he would try his luck at old trafford more chance of a game there cant blame the guy then again i heard he told warbo to shove it as hs wouldnt share a b/b room with three other starlets in king we trust

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  4. As a player, Aird has had many admirers and other distractions, according to reports. Problems I see are his boyfriends.

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  5. Aird was meant to be next best thing never felt he got fair crack of the whip thou not sure he could be rb permanent but could fill in if needed and to be fair to him he said he just just wants to play great attitude only seen McGregor playing 7 times and he was woefull but got player of year so maybe shouldn't judge.

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