Celtic's Craig Gordon compares Leigh Griffiths to Derby County striker Darren Bent

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Celtic goal machine Leigh Griffiths is similar to Darren Bent, according to Craig Gordon.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the Daily Mail that Leigh Griffiths is similar to Derby County forward Darren Bent, who he played with at Sunderland.

Griffiths, 25, has enjoyed a frankly incredible season this term, smashing 35 goals in 42 games for the Bhoys to become Ronny Deila's star man at Celtic.

Last week's goal against Partick Thistle handed Celtic another victory, and Griffiths has now scored eight goals in his last eight games for the Bhoys, drawing great praise for his performances.

Now, his team-mate Craig Gordon has also discussed Griffiths' displays, and he has made a surprising comparison between one of this former team-mates and the Celtic striker.

Gordon has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Griffiths is similar to Derby County striker Darren Bent, who Gordon played alongside at Sunderland.

Former England international Bent has only scored twice in 21 games for Derby this season, but at Sunderland he smashed 36 goals in 63 games, before making a shock transfer to Aston Villa in January 2011.

Bent was known his pace and ability to cause mayhem on the shoulder of the last defender, and Gordon believes that playing style is what makes Griffiths so hard to keep off the scoresheet, also suggesting the two are equally impressive in terms of finishing ability.

"He is phenomenal in front of goal and will probably be annoyed he didn’t get more on Saturday," said Gordon. "He’s always waiting for that chance and playing on the shoulder. He’s always looking to get through the middle and hit teams where it hurts. If he gets a chance you can pretty much rely on him hitting the target and more often than not it’s the back of the net."

"In terms of players I’ve played with in my career the only one I could really compare him to is Darren Bent. He was top scorer for Sunderland when he was at the height of his career and banging in the goals. I would say they are similar in terms of finishing ability. Leigh actually plays a similar type of game, always looking to get in behind," he added.

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