Nir Bitton is usually so laid back on and off the pitch it looks like he’s kicking around in a recliner.
But Celtic's Mr Chilled showed a different side to his character deep in the gunnels of the San Siro after the Hoops succumbed to AC Milan.
Bitton was angry. Raging even.
The big Israel star had the bit between the teeth as he hit out at the snipers who say Neil Lennon doesn’t have the backing of his full dressing room.
He shot back at the punters who have protested at the first time of trouble after season after season of trophy success.
But he’s also worked up about the horror run Celtic are on right now – and determined to get out of it.
It’s Lennon who remains in the firing line but Bitton is right behind him.
He said: “We always play for the manager. It’s been that way for the seven years I’ve been here.
“It’s nonsense what is being said on the outside. I have never heard anyone say they are not playing for the manager.
“We all have a good connection with him. At the end of the day we play for ourselves as well. We play for our pride, our families and for the fans.
“We don’t like to get slaughtered. I don’t think we deserve it, after what we have done, especially in the last four years.
“But this is football. We need to look forward and create more happy moments for the fans and for the team.
“I have no doubt we will do it.”
Lennon was given the backing of his board this week despite the intense heat. It’s business as usual for Bitton but he insisted there’s nothing sinister happening behind the scenes at Celtic Park.
He said: “This is none of our business – we don’t think about it.
“We are on a bad run of games right now but we all support and play for each other, like it’s always been.
“Things will change. From the outside it looks like something weird has happened but that’s far from the case.
“We are strong and we have enough quality in the squad to make it happen – we will make it happen.
“We don’t think about it. We go in to every game with the purpose of winning. But we win together and we lose together.
“The manager is the one who gets the stick but we deserve it because we are not performing at the level we want to at the moment.
“That’s nothing to do with the manager.
“We need to play for each other and with the quality we have in the squad I am sure we will make it.”
It was a strange night in Milan. Celtic had spells when they looked back to their best but, at other times, it was the same old problems at the back.
A two goal lead evaporated and ended up a familiar result in this season’s damaging Europa League campaign.
Bitton said: “Obviously we are disappointed with the result but I felt we played good as a team against a top side.
“Again, we conceded four goals and it’s not good enough at this level. It’s not good enough at any level.
“But I think in general we showed some moments of how good we can be.
“We are still a strong team. We don’t listen to anyone outside the team.
“We believe in our quality, we have a strong squad, we have belief in ourselves and we need to show it now.”
It’s clear something has to change. Celtic have shipped an eye-watering 27 goals in their last 11 games and have the worst defensive record in the Europa League this term.
Bitton said: “Every team in history has this moment where they go on a bad run.
“We are just a bit unlucky, everything is going against us.
“But this is not an excuse.
“We need to defend better, not as individuals but as a team.
“We conceded four goals tonight but for a long period of the game we defended well.
“We were compact and we played against a top side top of Serie A.
“I think we just need to keep going and believe in ourselves.
“After that the results will come.”
Celtic need one against St Johnstone this weekend, that’s for sure and Bitton added: “It’s as big as any other game. We go in to every game to win and to give everything on the pitch.
“It doesn’t always work but the purpose is always there.
“We need to win and hopefully we will produce a good performance.”