Neil Lennon has never been afraid to take anyone on. It's what helped make him a highly successful footballer.
Coming out swinging in difficult times has served him well in the past as a manager, too.
He has the trophies and medals to prove it as a player and boss.
The under fire Celtic supremo went on the attack yesterday. Had his team played with as much gusto this season, they would not be 21 points behind runaway Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.
In an explosive press conference, Lennon launched into government officials, the media and pundits, slamming what he described as a "barrage of absolute hypocrisy" following Celtic's controversial trip to Dubai earlier this month.
"We've been held to a far higher standard than any other club," he raged.
"As soon as Celtic are deemed to do something wrong, bang, you all want blood. It's absolutely scandalous. The fallout from this has been way too much."
Lennon should know better than anyone that the fallout was always going to be monumental.
I would be stunned if, in his heart of hearts, he thought anything different. It's Celtic, a mighty club he has loved as man and Bhoy and, just like Rangers, the scrutiny on everything they do in their homeland is off the charts. If a Hoops or Gers reserve is out buying a loaf of bread, it's a story in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon has it easy in comparison!
So when, in the middle of a deadly pandemic - not to mention almost being lapped by Rangers in what was supposed to be their historic 10-in-a-row season - Celtic jetted off to Dubai, of course the criticism was going to flow.
The fact that Lenny and 13 players missed two games after a positive Covid-19 test for Christopher Jullien on the back of the trip was only going to further exasperate already angry and frustrated Celtic supporters, and bring heat from elsewhere. Another player has since tested positive.
"I'm not apologising for going out there and training for a week. We did everything we possibly could to avoid the damage," blasted Lennon.
"The whole squad is negative bar two players. I think that is remarkable and I think it totally blows out of the water the way the training camp has been portrayed by certain quarters of the media, by certain pundits and by certain government officials as well.
"We did not abuse any 'privilege', we did the right things. We were absolutely totally professional.
"We had a little drink in the afternoon on a day off, completely allowed, no law breaking - yet we come back to this barrage of absolute hypocrisy."
For months now there has been speculation about Lennon leaving Celtic with Steven Gerrard's Rangers surging towards title glory. The Lurgan man can have cause for complaint about how some Celtic fans have got on this season, calling him all sorts because his team have failed in the pursuit of that perfect 10. A hugely important and influential player for the Hoops and trophy winning machine as manager in two spells, he has deserved much more than the vile abuse he has had to put up with as his own fans turned on him in a vicious manner.
He is off the mark about Dubai, though.
Watching Neil at his media briefing, there was a sense that if he's on his way, he decided he wasn't going without a fight. This time he didn't pick the right battle.
On the Dubai debacle, Celtic were wrong to go, and so is Lenny.