Klimala and data-driven analysis


Zbyszek, our man in Poland, was surprised when Celtic signed Patryk Klimala from Jagiellonia Bialystok.  It is fair to say the subsequent lack of impact and opportunities bore out what he told me at the time.

Patryk arrived the month after we played a League Cup Final without a striker fit enough to start the game.  Lewis Morgan, a lighter-than-air winger, played the striker role until Odsonne Edouard’s arrival in the second half.  With the league title in the balance in January 2020, there would have been an over-eagerness to get a deal, any deal, over the line.  Which is why Patryk, hitherto plying his trade 33 miles from the Belarus border, came to work in Glasgow.

You and I have not seen enough about Patryk to proffer an informed opinion, his appearances have been fleeting, although there were signs of encouragement, in particular against Lille.  The most relevant fact is that he was unable to acquire a place in an underachieving Celtic team.  Getting our £3.5m investment back feels like an unlikely win.

Perhaps the most curious aspect of his transfer, due to complete shortly, is the buying club.  New York Red Bulls, the North American outpost of one of European football’s most data-driven club owners.  You can be sure Patryk featured heavily in key metric reports during his development years.  If Red Bull are buying, the data will suggest there is a player there; the same data almost certainly took him to Glasgow in the first place.

Separating data from noise is an analytical problem that cuts across disciplines.  It will be interesting to watch what happens to Patryk over the next few years, is he a data find or background noise?

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    JK in charge has lifted the performances up from the remnants of a dismal catastrophic season, a season which promised sporting history turned into a shambles under Lawwell and Lennon, so we go into today’s cup-tie with some optimism, as Slavia Prague demonstrated at the Victorian toilet block, match Gerrard’s bullies for effort, running and physicality the game is there for the taking, Gerrard has adopted and installed in this squad the old hatreds as Barisic readily displayed at his presser, they have had a hunger and desire for revenge after 9 seasons of failure for the new club, Rodgers side inflicted serious damage on their psyche, Gerrard has used that hurt and pain to his advantage, they had a hunger we never matched this season



    Both teams will not alter from the recent style of play and selections, our 11 will be predictable only two positions have any possibility for change Laxalt or Taylor, and IF Forrest fit he will start in front of Christie…………….. JK formation will be Rodgers preferred 4-2-3-1 Brown and mcGregor the 2 midfield anchors……….. our 3 of Eloyounoussi Turnbull and Forrest(Christie)………. Edouard our false no.9 I don’t expect any surprises in our line up although I would personally prefer a surprise for Gerrard in team shape and selection



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    Great clips…….is that the ‘wee mans pub in the Gallowgate?. I’ve a daughter, fluent in Japanese, loves the Celts and Naka and lives in Japan, so the clips are sent.