A MAN who was found badly injured on a Greenock street is fighting for his life in hospital.

The 44-year-old was discovered in Gael Street on Sunday evening with what police have described as 'serious injuries'.

The alarm was raised when the stricken male was discovered around 7.15pm, with police and ambulance crews immediately called to the scene.

The man was then rushed by paramedics to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where staff have described his condition as 'critical'.

Mystery still surrounds how he came by his injuries.

The road was sealed off and a police cordon remained in place yesterday as detectives carry out a full probe into the incident.

Uniformed officers stood guard with cars and police tape blocking the entrances into both Gael Street and Jura Street, off of Rankin Street.

Police say they are examining CCTV camera footage and they were speaking to shocked residents living in the area yesterday in a bid to find out what happened.

Detective Inspector Nikki Wake, of Greenock CID, said: "Our investigation as to how the man came about his injuries are continuing.

"Officers have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries and checking CCTV in the area but we would appeal to anyone with information to come forward."

DI Wake today issued an appeal for members of the public to contact her inquiry team.

She said: "If you were in the Gael Street or Jura Street area on Sunday night between 6.45pm and 7.15pm and saw anything that will help our investigation, then please contact the police."

Information can be passed on via the 101 number, quoting reference number 3082 of September 12.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously in confidence on 0800 555 111.