By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

5th Mar, 2020 | 11:32am

Exclusive: Bruce reacts after Lennon reveals shock details of Celtic player chat

Alex Bruce has been impressed about Neil Lennon’s healthy relationship with his Celtic players after he surprisingly went public to reveal Tom Rogic didn’t want to play against Livingston last night.

The former Kilmarnock and Hull defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes there is a lot of honesty and trust between the Northern Irish boss and his squad.

Speaking after the 2-2 draw with Livingston, Lennon revealed that Rogic had told him that he was “not keen” on starting Wednesday’s clash as a result of the artificial pitch at the Almondvale Stadium.

Despite not starting, the 27-year-old played a huge role in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw, coming off the bench to net an injury-time equaliser.

Bruce says it would be easy to criticise the Australian for his decision but says it shows a fantastic understanding between the player and manager to have that sort of conversation.

Bruce told Football Insider: “Only Rogic and Neil know what kind of relationship they’ve got. It would be easy for me to sit here and say the player should be playing.

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“If them two have got a relationship where he can go: ‘Listen gaffer, you know I’ve got a bit of a dodgy knee, I’m probably better leaving this one out,’ and they’re honest with each other and they’re two fellas who can look one another in the eye then I don’t see it as a problem.

“It’s all about having a relationship with your players and for me, from the outside looking in, I think Lenny has got that with the players.”

Rogic has suffered with knee problems throughout his career, with an issue keeping him out of action for the opening weeks of this season.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton has delivered his verdict on an update over an “outstanding” Bhoy.