Chris Sutton got right to heart of it last night when he was talking about this Celtic team on Twitter after the game. Or rather, he got right to the nuts of it. He praised this team by talking about their balls.
And you know what? He was right to.
He should have talked about the manager too, because he is definitely possessed of some ferrous metal ones himself. To keep the attacking team on the park when we went a man down is not a tactic most managers in the league would have gone with.
The only time in living memory that I’ve seen something so aggressive is when Brendan brought out on French Eddie at Ibrox when Simunovic had seen red, and went all out to win when it would have been easy to take a point and run with it.
Ange’s gamble was a measure of the man, a man who does not quit just because it’s the path of least resistance.
And this team doesn’t quit either. Celtic players had the composure to keep probing for openings when other sides would have punted balls into the box.
We got our reward for it too, with the best cross from the right of the whole game.
There are a lot of elements which make a title winning team. Guts and determination and will to win are amongst them, and they are as important as the skills which are necessary to unlock defences and pull teams to bits.
This Celtic side is close to having it all.
I loved the way they showed those fighting qualities last night. I loved the way Ange refused to compromise or settle for the single point instead of pushing forward to try and win the game.
Results like these, victory in the face of adversity, is how title winning teams act and this side, although not on top of the table yet, has shown it has the desire to be there.
This is shaping up to be one Hell of a season.
Let no-one doubt we have what it takes to make it a truly special one.