This is no holiday! Houston warns Scots to be on their game against the States
13:02 GMT, 20 May 2012
Scotland assistant boss Peter Houston says the build-up to the World Cup qualifying campaign begins now and this week's trip to Florida is not an excuse for an end-of-season holiday.
Scotland play the United States in Jacksonville on Saturday before the road to Brazil begins in September against Serbia.
'We are looking forward to the trip because we see this game as being the first in the build-up towards the qualifiers for the World Cup, so it's a very important game in many ways,' said Houston, who reported no call-offs from the 22-man squad.
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'It's one that we're looking forward to but we're not there for a holiday. We're here to try to win a match against the United States so the preparation will be as thorough as ever.'
Joining manager Craig Levein and Houston in leaving from Glasgow were Celtic captain Scott Brown and his team-mate Charlie Mulgrew, goalkeeper Allan McGregor and his Rangers colleagues Lee Wallace and Steven Whittaker and another keeper in Craig Gordon, who was last week released by Sunderland.
Dundee United striker Johnny Russell was also on the flight after receiving his first senior Scotland squad call-up.
Following Saturday's match, Russell will join up with the Scotland Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria on May 31.
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Defender Andy Webster was set to take part in Hearts' William Hill Scottish Cup victory celebrations in Edinburgh today and be among a group of players departing later, with the majority of the English-based contingent set to leave from Manchester on Monday.
Among them will be midfielder Matt Phillips, who suffered npower Championship play-off final defeat with Blackpool but will hope to end the season with a first Scotland cap.
'It's great the amount of players who have turned up,' Houston added.
'Some are flying out tomorrow and the Scottish-based lads are already here.'