Bruce admits he had an early clash with Robertson – in jest – with the Tigers.
“He was only 20 years old and was staggering under the weight of two huge Tesco carrier bags when he tried to get on the coach with them. Two bags – rammed full of Carlsberg. He clambered aboard and I’ve stopped him and said: ‘Where do you think you’re going with them?’ He just looked at me and said: ‘What’s the matter?’ I said: ‘You’re supposed to be elite athletes – get that ****ing beer off this ****ing coach.’ He was absolutely terrified. Petrified. I think he thought I was going to sack him – or smack him. The lads were absolutely howling with laughter at the back. Did I let them have the beer? What do you think? But he learned a lesson. Next time, he asked.”
Bruce can justifiably be proud of the role he played in shaping the career of Scotland’s captain, now 28.
He said: “Watching Andy progress to the level where he is now has been one of the nicest parts of management. Both him and Jordan. Smashing lads. But Andy’s energy is incredible. I’ve seen the statistics. He’s running 12,500m with 1,500m of that at high intensity. Those are huge numbers and he does it week after week after week. He has a huge determination to succeed. That’s what marks him down as different. He arrived at Hull and he thought: ‘I’m going to have a right good go at this.’
“And he did the same at Liverpool. And he’s flourished. Two years ago, he invited me into his box at Anfield to watch a game. I think it was a Champions League game against Roma. I was so pleased for him. As a manager, it’s one of the best parts of the game – I’m delighted to have played a little part in his development. He’s now one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp‘s team-sheet. One of the best left-backs in the world playing for one of the world’s bes…