CRAIG Gordon has hit back at Chris Sutton over the former Celtic striker’s persistent criticism of his performances and insisted his record is as impressive as any Parkhead goalkeeper.

Gordon believes that Sutton, who is now a television pundit, has been waging a personal campaign against him since he recovered from a long-term injury and joined the Scottish champions three years ago that is “over the top” and “unfair”.

The outspoken Englishman has called for the Scotland internationalist to be dropped after questioning his performances in games for his club against Astana, St. Johnstone and Hamilton and England with his country.

However, Gordon, who was the subject of two failed bids by Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea back in January, is comfortable with how he has performed for the Glasgow club

The 34-year-old last lost a domestic game in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers on April 17, 2016, and last lost a league fixture in the Ladbrokes Premiership match against Aberdeen on February 3, 2016.

“It’s his opinion, but he focuses rather a lot on the negatives, rather than anything positive,” said Gordon, who kept his 11th clean sheet in 16 games in the 4-0 win over Ross County on Saturday. “It’s more of a campaign.

“He had his mind made up very early on. He is trying to make everything fit his early statements. That’s his job as a pundit.

“My record against any other Celtic goalkeeper would stand up in terms of wins. The last time I lost a league game was against Aberdeen about a year and a half ago.

“I think he goes over the top at times and I know I’m not the only one to perceive that. There are other guys in our squad who receive as much, if not more, criticism than me. I’m not sure it’s a personal thing, but it seems to be.”

Asked if he would be interested in speaking to Sutton to clear the air, Gordon said: “Nah, not really. I don’t think that would make any difference. He’s got his opinions. I just think it tends to send the signals out to the Celtic fans. It’s a little bit unfair.”

Asked if he expected any praise for his double save against County at the weekend, he said: “No, I wouldn’t. That’s one save. It’s over the course of a season and how I’ve played for Celtic overall. This is now my fourth season. I don’t agree with an awful lot of what he says but I suppose that’s the case for half the players in Scottish football. I’m not alone.”