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'Not even their best team' Chris Sutton highlights the big gulf between Celtic and West Ham
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'Not even their best team' Chris Sutton highlights the big gulf between Celtic and West Ham

In case the scoreline didn’t tell the story former Celtic star Chris Sutton hammered home the point after West Ham United thrashed his old side at Celtic Park.

Over 18,000 Celtic fans were permitted to watch as West Ham visited Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.

Former Celtic defender David Moyes has done an excellent job at West Ham.

Hammers boss Moyes during his Celtic playing days back in 1983. Photo by David Cannon Allsport Getty Images

West Ham do Moyes proud on emotional Celtic return

Moyes admitted returning to his old club would be emotional for him. Particularly with his dad watching on from the crowd.

And the Irons did him proud on his return to Celtic Park by running out comfortable 6-2 winners.

It was billed as the biggest test of pre-season so far for both sides.

But that was only true for Celtic as West Ham ended up running riot.

In fairness Celtic do have one eye on a huge Champions League qualifier in midweek.

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‘Men against Bhoys’ Sutton highlights huge gulf in class as Hammers ‘teach Celtic a lesson’

But West Ham – who missed out on Champions League qualification by just one win last season – are evidence of the kind of quality the Hoops will be facing and then some should they make it.

Speaking after the game Sutton, a former Celtic hero and Premier League star, said West Ham taught his old club a lesson (Premier Sports).

“This isn’t on the manager, this is on the board this whole situation, what he has to work with,” Sutton said on Premier Sports.

“You know this isn’t on Dane Murray, a young centre half giving the ball away. He’s been put in a position where he’s up against a streetwise, top class, Premier League centre forward who gave him and (Stephen) Welsh a real lesson.

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‘This wasn’t even West Ham’s best team, the gap is so big’

“I mean it’s a learning curve but he (Ange Postecoglou) hasn’t been given the tools… It was men against boys, it was so wide the gap.

“West Ham were in a different class and this wasn’t West Ham’s best team, they have four or five players coming back which are going to make them stronger. The gap is so big…

“Maybe this will be a good thing in the long term (but) how can you say it’s a good thing after you get embarrassed in your home park 6-2.”

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