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Rangers youngster Fraser Aird posts anti-immigrant indyref comment

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Fairytale ends for Albion Rovers. © Phil McCloy

Rangers youngster Fraser Aird has courted controversy by claiming that immigrants voting in the Scottish Independence referendum ‘don’t have a clue’.

Aird, who is an integral part of the Ibrox side and who starred in their 4-0 win over Raith Rovers on Friday night hit out at those eligible to vote on the 18th September via his facebook page.

He said:

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Many footballers – mostly retired – have came out on one side of the debate or the other, but Aird’s comments are surely bordering on UKIP members’ ‘racist’ comments related to immigrants.

It is a tad hypocritical for Aird to attack immigrants for having a vote in the Scottish independence referendum, when Aird himself is an immigrant – born in Toronto, Canada.

More than 4.2 million out of the 5.295 million Scottish populace have registered to vote in the independence referendum, making it the largest electorate ever in Scotland. Numbers that certainly make Aird’s comments look ridiculous and ill-informed also.

The 19-year-old had represented Scotland at youth level, but changed allegiances to represent Canada at international level. The midfielder has played 58 times for Rangers scoring ten goals.

The comment mirrors one made by  Scotland international striker Leigh Griffiths when he was a Wolves player on loan at Hibernian, with both the Police, clubs and the Scottish FA getting involved.

Rangers have not issued a statement over Aird’s comments.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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