Flyer Phillips jetting out too

Blackpool FC Player of the Year Awards. Dancing on the chairs-Jimmy Armfield, Carl Oyston and his wife Vicky.

Blackpool FC Player of the Year Awards. Dancing on the chairs-Jimmy Armfield, Carl Oyston and his wife Vicky.

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MATT Phillips flew out to Florida with Scotland colleague Matt Gilks yesterday but is attracting attention closer to home.

National newspaper reports say the flyer is a £2.5m target for Premier League-bound Reading.

Phillips is set to make his first appearance for Scotland in Saturday’s friendly against the USA.

Phillips caused a spot of controversy when he decided to switch his allegiances to Scotland, just months after representing England at the Under-20 World Cup.

Phillips was frustrated at not being called into Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21 squad and decided to accept an invitation to play for Scotland.

He qualifies through grandparents who were born north of the border.

Scotland boss Craig Levein said: “We are delighted to have Matt in the squad. He is a quality player.”

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ALSO flying out to foreign shores is Ian Holloway, who wasn’t at the player of the season ceremony but did send a recorded message.

The Pool manager, on holiday in Italy, thanked fans for their support throughout the season and vowed to return stronger and bring contined success to the club.

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