Bruce prefers Morrison to Maccarone
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
As the two clubs prepare to go head-to-head in The Premiership, Bruce has stressed he is delighted to have managed to snap up his top target - Clinton Morrison.
Maccarone was available in the summer, at the right price, as Empoli looked to cash in on the Under-21 hot-shot, and Boro managed to win the chase for his signature.
"That was when I was first alerted to the fact that Massimo was available," commented Riverside boss Steve McClaren. "When I read that Birmingham were in for him.
"I'm just concerned he performs and scores goals for us."
Bruce is just pleased he was patient enough to wait for Morrison, who was then with Crystal Palace.
"Maccarone is one we looked at and considered but then we got light at the end of the tunnel with Clinton becoming available," said the former Manchester United captain.
"It was a case of was I patient enough for Clinton and take the gamble, and I am delighted that I was."