All the hallmarks of a great title winning side can include superb footballing technique, great managers, a star-laden squad and many more.
Even then it may not pay off.
But arguably the most important characteristic of a great team is one that can drag out results, even when they play badly.
Celtic’s 1-0 win over Dundee United put them within two points of theRangers ahead of the upcoming Glasgow Derby on Wednesday.
And even though it was an awful performance where Celtic looked like they wouldn’t score, the persistence and determination shown by Ange’s men meant that was seen to with just minutes left on the clock.
And Pat Bonner has praised the current side for battling on right until the end.
“It’s incredible [the chance of going top of the league on Wednesday]. The games that they’ll look back on – they’ll look back on that win at Ross County where they got a goal in the last minute,” Bonner said on BBC Sportsound.
“Today’s [Dundee United] game – absolutely. Wednesday’s game against Hearts when they were under the cosh also in the second half but got the result, that’s critical.
“I know we talked about it on Wednesday night that maybe this year they haven’t killed teams off and they’ve won by the odd goal, but that in itself wins championships for you.
“So they’ve shown that resilience.”
All attentions turn to Paradise where Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men will look to stop themselves from falling behind in the title race for the first time since September.
Come on the Bhoys.