Brown plays down Gers' Fraser link

CRAIG BROWN has played down speculation linking want-away winger Ryan Fraser with a summer switch to Rangers.

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Craig unhappy Ryan wants to leave Dons
Craig unhappy Ryan wants to leave Dons

The Pittodrie protege has turned down a new Dons deal and is expected to leave in the summer.

Aberdeen could be due compensation if Fraser does depart and Brown is keen for his club to be paid a fair amount for their work in developing the 18-year-old.

He said: "Far too many players are lost for minimal fees and Fifa needs to look at a fairer system.

"Top teams in England get more than £60million in television revenue.

"When there is that kind of money going around it is easy for them to come up here and take a chance on a young boy for a small amount of money. It is a cheap option for these clubs.

"Unless it is fairer then there is hardly a point in developing these boys.

"I would think I know Ally McCoist well enough that he would phone me and say he was interested in our boy.

"That is the impression I have, but I don't think we should be speculating about where Ryan's going. It is all right saying these young players should all be tied on lucrative long- term contracts.

"That would assume we had unlimited budget.

"We have got half a dozen promising youngsters and we would love to do that, but it's not always possible.

"Ryan Fraser only burst on to the scene this year."

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