By Harry Sykes
Chris Sutton has claimed that Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths is a better striker than new West Ham signing Javier Hernandez.
Former Hoops striker Sutton delivered a ringing endorsement of Griffiths in the wake of his superb performance for the club in their 5-0 Champions League play off first-leg demolition of FC Astana on Wednesday night.
A brace from Scott Sinclair and a strike from James Forrest along with two own goals put the Hoops in control of the tie but it was Griffiths who stood out with an outstanding line-leading display in which he set up three of the goals.
BT Sport pundit Sutton insisted in the immediate aftermath of the match that the former Wolves striker, 26, would “tear up the Premier League” and he returned to the theme in a Twitter exchange with a West Ham supporter on Thursday morning.
Comparing the Celtic forward to West Ham’s expensive new acquisition, Sutton remarked on his personal Twitter account, “Griffiths over Hernandez every day of the week…and I like Hernandez”.
Griffiths over Hernandez everyday of the week… and I like Hernandez https://t.co/Xw7TpsIEbp
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 17, 2017
The Mail claim former Manchester United striker Hernandez, 29, signed a £140,000-a-week contract when he completed a £16million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen last month.
That put the value of the less heralded Griffiths into perspective, especially given that he played second fiddle to currently injured Moussa Dembele last season.
The Scotland international has scored four goals and supplied five assists for Celtic this season and has now scored 89 goals in 150 matches for the club.
In other Celtic transfer news, Football Insider has revealed the Hoops are in the hunt to sign a dazzling attacker as late window interest to reach fever pitch.