"I get on well with Steve and I got on well with him when I was at Manchester United," Strachan said.
"He's a wonderful fella. He was a good kid at United - I enjoyed his company. As a footballer, yes you knew he was cut out for a good career, but I didn't realise he would be that good to be honest. But he's been absolutely terrific."
Asked if he was looking forward to a pint with Bruce, Strachan added: "I usually have a cup of tea rather than a pint, as you can tell by our physiques!''