Bruce backing Clinton
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce is backing Clinton Morrison to sink former club Crystal Palace.
Steve Bruce says that Clinton Morrison and Julian Gray will handle a difficult return to Crystal Palace, and thinks striker Morrison to settle the match.
Former Eagles boss Bruce upset the Selhurst Park fans when he jumped ship to join Birmingham.
Clinton Morrison followed him to St Andrews and Julian Gray turned down a new Palace deal to move to the second city - and all three will be in for some stick when the two sides clash on Saturday.
"There's nothing quite like going back to your old club, and Clinton made his name there," said Bruce.
"He played the best part of five years for them from a young boy and had a fantastic record.
"He could have left them when they where in administration but he stuck it out and did very well for them, so too did Julian.
"Understandably they'll probably get a bit of stick as well which goes with the territory now - as an old player going back.
"We've seen it happen before and I'm sure they are big enough to handle it. They'll both enjoy the occasion and try their utmost to get the right result."
Morrison has seen his starting chances diminish with the arrival of Walter Pandiani, but has a chance against his old club due to Emile Heskey's suspension.
Fromer Blues striker Andy Johnson stunned his old club by grabbing the winner for Palace in the reverse fixture, and Bruce is backing Morrison to exact revenge.
"It's a big day for Clinton but I think everybody realises we do need competition for places all over the pitch, certainly in striking positions and I think Clinton accepts that.
"I don't think Clinton has anything to prove to anyone, he's been instrumental in all we've done in three or four years we've been here.
"They nicked a 1-0 with AJ scoring so let's hope it's the time for Clinton to go back and put one over his old team-mates."