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. JHB, are you moving south once Scotland is independent ?



    I will drive you to the airport myself

  2. There is only one cult that I care about, and that is the Celtic Cult. We are going to win the Cup, and that’ll cheer us up because it’s coming home to rest at Paradise.



    Celticcult CSC

  3. prestonpans bhoys on

    SAINT STIVS on 17TH APRIL 2021 2:51 PM



    Read that fives minutes ago and still laughing😂😂😂

  4. lets all do the huddle on

    Racing UK had their 3pm silence by saying ‘in deference’ to philip



    from the dictionary –



    Deference – respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.



    some folk have low standards of themselves if thats the kind of people they submit to

  5. Paul The Spark on

    Let’s All Do The Huddle


    I think indifference would be more suitable to most people.




    Terrible news!



    May Colin rest in peace.



    Prayers said for those who remain.



    God bless.

  7. Ireland will be reunited. It was invaded by a hostile neighbour over hundreds and hundreds of years.



    It was latterly partioned.



    It will not be a union of anything.



    So, Scotland will become independent around 2026. Causing a mass migration south of the unionist block (including businessess fleeing the hostile environments) and catholics being burned out their houses, schools closed, and chapels demolished.



    Ireland will be reunified around 2030 causing a mass migration of the PUL community who will go to Scotland and push for reinstatement of the UK just because. and if they dont get it them peace walls will be going up in all the big cities, and the towns and villages will split into protestant and catholic enclaves.



    Then they will move onto the immigrant communities, the polish , and any one else they dont like.



    See what yis are starting with all this wanting to be independent guff, will youse all listen to the JHB guy, who worked for Jim Murphy dont ye know.



    and who is going to pay for it ?

  8. the boy chanting in the chapel just now, he looks like a mash of of harry and edward.

  9. CELTIC MAC on 16TH APRIL 2021 10:28 PM









    You must be the most objectionable bigot ever to appear in this dear green place.





    Ce truc vert



    Anyone who speaks of ‘our kind’ or ‘your kind’



    Is not of my kind



    And never will be

  10. HOT SMOKED on 17TH APRIL 2021 1:52 PM



    “The reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated!”


    TET is alive and thriving can be seen still commenting, on all things, at Sentinel Celts, por cierto

  11. WESTCRAIGS on 17TH APRIL 2021 3:56 PM







    You are no saint.




  12. Im sure the security of the Celtic team will be uppermost in the plans of Police Scotland, including shutting the roads around Ibrox stadium for any traffic or footfall that should be nowhere near the stadium or the surrounding areas, they will wont they?

  13. Rest in peace Colin, so very sad that this has happened, my condolences to his family.

  14. This time the morra we’ll know if we’re facing St Johnstone or the Bully Wee next weekend or out golfing.



    Personally I believe we are more than capable of beating them no matter what brasso said. Although given the way the season has gone who knows.



    No matter what it’s a win win for us and they’re the ones who must be having grave concerns over it.



    Win win because they will undoubtedly be favourites with the mitb and scottish freemason association behind them. So should we NOT prevail then honest mistakes will have come tae the fore.



    As for next season and the new broom which will sweep though the club, no matter what, even if we win the rest of our games, big JFK will NOT be in the hot seat, in fact I can see him continuing his apprenticeship in Youth Development, this was the role the Bunnet offered TB before terminating his contract.



    A role he should have been given initially as he was definitely not ready for the big job.



    We do produce good talent as can be seen throughout the game, some of our most promising youngsters have even left for big clubs, it’s how we keep them that matters most now.

  15. FRITZSONG on 17TH APRIL 2021 11:14 AM


    ERNIE LYNCH on 17TH APRIL 2021 8:54 AM




    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.






    This scenario is a distinct possibility. Scotland would be a ‘home from home’ for Ulster Unionist ex-pats in terms of culture, religion and sport.




    It’s already happening to a degree. Since the 1990s, children



    of middle class Ulster Unionist parents have been opting for Scottish universities then putting roots down here.




    Whether or not their influence would be benign – tim alone will tell.






    I’m not going to reply to party political stuff.


    What I would say in response to this is that I’ve met a good few of these people – not peepul. Majority from a nominally Protestant background and not a hun amongst their number. Not one of them follow the FOD and all are great ‘new Scots’ as will be their children.



    HH jg

  16. glendalystonsils on

    My bhoy looks at his phone about 3.15 and says ” nice day they’ve got for it down there , sunny and warm”.



    “Be a whole lot warmer where he’s going “, says I .

  17. Jamesgang



    I concur with that. I have met several resettled middle class protestants from the North within the industry I work in. They are all rugby fans, supporting the Ireland national teams, which obviously includes going to Dublin. One in particular told me he took in a match at the Edwardian toilet block and would never ever go again, it was as far removed from his usual sporting environment.



    He grew up in a rural but posh town, and the riots across there makes him sick to the stomach.

  18. Watching what looks like Greenock Juniors v Third Lanark in the greatest semi final in the world- dire!