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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  1. !!bada bing!!



    Don’t know if it’s a ‘Celtic’ thing, with her name…and her beauty and all, that makes it feel like such a loss


    Probably is though…..

  2. CELTIC MAC on 16TH APRIL 2021 10:46 PM




    Many of the Press concede Celtic have the far superior squad if Forrest is fit.


    I hope Ryan Christie reads the papers and finds his on target fitba boots.


    There’s a reckoning coming and der hun Press knows it.

  3. JHB is a currant and no mistake.



    New Gretna 0 Celtic 3



    If we keep 11 men on the park then the game will be remembered as the day Broony/Christie/Eddy or Turnbull pumped Sevco in the Scottish Cup for the 2nd time.




  4. SIONNAIGH on 16TH APRIL 2021 10:41 PM


    JHB on 16TH APRIL 2021 9:56 PM














    ‘When Scotland joined in a Union with England she did so on the premise of gaining access to the biggest marketplace in the world, tariff free.’






    Well that’s one way of describing an imperialist and colonial enterprise.



    Not sure it’s particularly accurate though.



    Fun Fact: When Surgeon joined the SNP party policy was to leave the EEC (as it was then).

  5. sionnaigh



    You can have the best squad around, but we still need to pick the team most likely to win a Cup game.


    That is the question John Kennedy needs to answer.

  6. CELTIC MAC on 16TH APRIL 2021 10:46 PM





    Last time we missed out on 10 in a row, (which of course was then and now about breaking our own record) we still managed to win both Cups that season. And send Big Billy off on a high in his last game for the Bhoys.



    Of course we can win the game on Sunday, if the players remember that they are playing for us…For Celtic….when they get there



    *We can emulate this by winning 2 cups this season, both SC. BTW we won 3 cups that year, the Dryborough Cup as well with Paul Wilson scoring in all 3 Finals as well as the GC Final at the end of that season.

  7. tontine tim



    A bone fide Scottish Cup double!


    And five in a row.


    So well worth doing



    Der hun has won nothing, we lost everything. Unless the SFA’s beasts in uniform pull a stormer, JK will handle it, 0-3 with Forrest, 0-2 without.

  9. R.I.P Helen McCrory only 52 how sad,cancer has no age from children up.



    Loved her in Peaky Blinders

  10. ERNIE LYNCH on 16TH APRIL 2021 11:31 PM




    The Darrien adventure was only part of the problem. Scotland’s main trading alliances were being blocked by your British (England and Wales) Royal Navy. Trade with Britain (England and Wales) was tariffed to such an extent our exports were uncompetitive in a marketplace where the sun never dawned.


    Now that Little England has left the biggest market place in the world what would you rioting Unionists suggest for Scotland? Stick with your Majesty’s flutes or readapt?

  11. I had a wee keek into sentinel celts tonight. Many many much respected CQNers posting in fact some old mainstays . Highly intelligent hugely appreciated.



    But no political cuckoo’s.



    What attracts them to cqn ?.



    Just attacks on P67 ?

  12. Saint Stivs



    Were any of sentinel Celts lead articles about party politics in Scotland?



    Genuine question, I don’t know the answer




    Ye..pop into Sentinel Celts now and again.Political know-alls wouldn’t last too long in there.






    Bring on the huns🍀🍀

  14. Good morning CQN


    The excellent Paul Delaney from Twitter


    Paul Delaney@coaimpaul


    Many will watch the Royal funeral today. For others, their grief will be for loved ones sacrificed on the alter of Tory greed, corruption and Covid mismanagement. No pomp and ceremony to mark their deaths, just tears, heartache and sorrow. For they were just ‘ordinary’ people.



    JK will know his team for tomorrow today will all be about running through the fine points of the game plan, for example not conceding a corner from the halfway line !! You can’t legislate for players’ unthinkable mistakes.



    Will the JK game plan have a surprise element in it ? Rodgers on going down to 10 men at Ibrox went for broke a positive move putting an attacking player on rather than settling for a point and protecting that point fortune favoured the brave that day as Edouard scored the winner, I would be tempted today in a cup tie to change our team selection and tactics from what has been our settled side lately, however, I don’t think JK has that confidence and experience yet to do so, you can bet safely both teams will play with fairly predictable line ups and style of play



    Back to Monday for checking Stock exchange for the first notification of any new appointments at CFC



    Enjoy your day, your allowed oot and aboot noo

  15. Many thanks for your good wishes!



    Had a lovely day with my family.





    GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 16TH APRIL 2021 7:29 PM


    Can I extend birthday wishes and a quick relief from his injury to Philbhoy



    Birthday fry up was it good




    Breakfast was delivered by DISHOOM, my favourite Indian restaurant.



    Bacon and Egg Naan Roll with Masala Chai.




  16. Good morning cqn from a beautiful, sunny and with flowers in full bloom (Tulips I think) Garngad.



    Bring on the Huns. (Bring out your dead) – Monty python’s Holy Grail



    It would be a real shame if thousands of sevco loyal Hun hordes visited Windsor today and paid their respect, the same kind of respect they put upon George Square a few weeks ago.



    D :)

  17. fairhill bhoy on

    PHILBHOY-Glad you enjoyed your day.


    That breakfast sounds very nice.It beats my own tea n toast no problem 😉


    Away to play my first medal this season 🏌🏻


    It will not turn out well 😉

  18. SIONNAIGH on 17TH APRIL 2021 12:18 AM


    ERNIE LYNCH on 16TH APRIL 2021 11:31 PM













    ‘Now that Little England has left the biggest market place in the world what would you rioting Unionists suggest for Scotland? Stick with your Majesty’s flutes or readapt?’







    Please accept Scotland’s apologies for the behaviour of the Ulster Scots. You can take the bigot out of Scotland but you can’t……



    Anyway, I wonder if, when Ireland is reunited (a form of unionism you support I assume), they will return to their ancestral homeland? Blood of our blood and bone of our bone as Scotland’s Parnell once called them.


    What do you think?

  19. Sentinel Celts wasn’t around when the SNP government introduced their Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.



    I wonder how they would have dealt with it?



    Maybe just pretend it wasn’t happening?

  20. SAINT STIVS on 17TH APRIL 2021 12:32 AM




    Is TET posting on there?



    I haven’t seen him on here in a while.



    I hope he’s OK.

  21. prestonpans bhoys on

    SAINT STIVS on 17TH APRIL 2021 12:32 AM



    I agree with you about no political cuckoo’s on that site.



    TBH to control this site from continuous political pish is easy. Disable the users account and also disable their IP address. Not only would they have to create a new user ID but find an alternative device to use.




  22. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    A belated Many Happy Returns PHILBHOY!!






  23. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    It will indeed be a good bit of business if Celtic can recoup the money paid for Kamala. Hopefully they can pull the same trick with Ajeti.

  24. An Tearmann on 16th April 2021 11:44 pm



    Tony thanks for your selection earlier



    the ol guitar rift classic.Peter Greene fleetwoodmac – oh well












    Cheers Big Mhan



    Oh Well one of my favourites.



    Was introduced to it by a friend who was brutally murdered by a sixteen year old with a knife whilst he was making his way home from the pub in Paisley one night for trying to do the right thing.




  25. lets all do the huddle on

    TBH to control this site from continuous political pish is easy. Disable the users account and also disable their IP address. Not only would they have to create a new user ID but find an alternative device to use.





    does that include Paul67?

  26. lets all do the huddle on

    and anyone with a vpn can mask their IP address anyway so that wouldnt work