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Klimala and data-driven analysis

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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. FAIRHILL BHOY

     

     

    Never say never!

     

     

    As a Celtic supporter you should know that!

     

     

    Celtic for the cup and FB for the next medal!

     

     

    Short odds I’d say!

  2. Let’s all –

     

     

    That’s my abiding memory of that day. Oh how I laughed as I waved their team and the fans away and the DJ played that.

     

     

    Perfect 👍🏼

  3. MAJESTIC HARTSON

     

     

    Do you remember his tears at his testimonial?

     

     

    He loved Celtic.

     

     

    And we loved him.

     

     

    What a player.

  4. Norriem

     

     

    Shocking news re Colin Mac

     

    Especially the suddenness of it all

     

    Condolences to one and all

     

    RIP Colin

  5. Ancestry , heritage and lineage.

     

     

    Andrew Kerins was born in 1840 in Ballmote Sligo. As a boy he witnessed the horror of An Gorta Mor.

     

     

    Brother Walfrid watched his Celtic and the new player Willie Maley who had been born in Newry in 1868.

     

     

    He managed Jimmy McGrory, who managed Jock Stein, who managed Billy McNeill, who Managed Tommy Burns who played with Murdo McLeod, who assisted Wim, who managed Henrik, who played with Neil Lennon, who managed Scott Brown.

     

     

    Maley passed on in 1958, The 4th most succesful manager of all time.

     

     

    That is how close we are to history.

  6. We will 100% live to regret selling Lewis Morgan without even attempting to develop him.

     

     

    Dangerous, well balanced, two footed player, tearing up the MLS

  7. The accompanying article really emphasised how lucy we were to get Henrik.

     

     

    Apart from being a wonderful player, his behaviour was impeccable on and off the pitch.

     

     

    And, for a quite shy reserved guy, the way he practically broke down in tears on his farewell brought goosebumps.

     

     

    Hard to fake that

  8. fairhill bhoy on

    Was at HL testimonial.north stand heated seats.Thanks to my boss at the time Jim McLean ( thanks spike).

     

    If you offered me a million pound,i still couldn’t tell you who we played (Spanish)

     

    It paid that signing on fee right enough

  9. Saint Stivs on 17th April 2021 8:40 pm

     

     

    Ancestry , heritage and lineage.

     

    Andrew Kerins was born in 1840 in Ballmote Sligo. As a boy he witnessed the horror of An Gorta Mor.

     

    Brother Walfrid watched his Celtic and the new player Willie Maley who had been born in Newry in 1868.

     

    He managed Jimmy McGrory, who managed Jock Stein, who managed Billy McNeill, who Managed Tommy Burns who played with Murdo McLeod, who assisted Wim, who managed Henrik, who played with Neil Lennon, who managed Scott Brown.

     

    Maley passed on in 1958, The 4th most succesful manager of all time.

     

    That is how close we are to history.

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Good mhan my son! Celtic are a club that lives through its history like no other club. Part of that history is the Irish dimension. Another element is our love affair with the Scottish Cup. Please, God we win tomorrow. One, because every game is a must win. Two, because it is a Derby match. Three, because Broonie has his LAST chance to lift silver wear with Cellic. And four, because of our love affair with the Scottish Cup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwnQfpepUME.

     

     

    How in the name of Byjesus can some on here say the game doesn’t matter? JBH aka Eddie the ego

     

     

    Celticcult CSC

  10. NORRIEM and Connaire

     

     

    I am very saddened to read of the sudden and tragic death if Colin.

     

     

    He and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Dont know who gives me the dry boak more,Nicholas Witchell,or that shower of pathetic individuals,who Just “had to come”standing outside Windsor,as if it was a death in their family

     

    Put the News on at 10,waiting on MOTD,but it never came on until 10 past.Enough to make me feel nauseous.

  12. THE_HUDDLE @ 7:24

     

    Flick pointed out at the start of the season that injuries to Lewandowski or Gnabry, without adequate cover, would prejudice their chances of retaining the Champions League trophy. His Director of Football disagreed. Flick was proved right. His gesture is a real GIRFUY to the Bayern hierarchy.

  13. This is the most confident I have been since NL was manager; know he has gone! Hopefully tomorrow we stop the smugness arrogance and spite from , the tramps !!

  14. I guess the cuckoos here despise our genial host even more than they despise

     

    ” r’at Bored n’at ” –

     

     

    I think it’s their objective to despoil THIS Dear Green Place………

     

     

    Who would want to do that?

     

     

    Hang arooon thum long enough ………….

     

     

    Hmmm.

     

     

    Aye…Jock Tamsons Ear Bangers.

  15. When Abramovich sacked Lampard, Chelski were 9th in the table. Now they are in the Champions League semi final, the FA Cup Final, and will probably finish in the top 4. Methinks we had all the information we needed to change our manager back in October. Instead, we dithered ( I know, BSR, I know ) ‘reviewed’, dallied, wasted time, and let the 10 slip needlessly through our fingers.

     

    The Great Desmondo admits, “We made some wrong calls.” I would have asked him to be more specific. Instead, he is doing it again!

     

     

    The Board’s ineptitude, lassitude and slothfulness is simply staggering. Who is taking the decisions on Welch, Harper, Klimala, Hendry etc? A lame duck CEO or lame duck interim manager?

  16. Whatever happens tomorrow, f$%& the sevco and up the Celtic.

     

     

    Born a Tim. What a joy. In among the underdogs, the immigrants, the outcasts, the strugglers. That’ll do me.

     

     

    Hail hail

  17. INIQUITOUSIV on 17TH APRIL 2021 11:36 PM

     

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    DD’s record stands. How many competitions up for grabs, how many won? Der hun filth have been liquidated, their new bastard is fooling no one but the likes of SSB and their Brit touts lying through the skin of their fallsers.

  18. WISHAW TIM on 17TH APRIL 2021 10:57 PM

     

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    The Cross Keys Inn was a happy hunting ground for der hun and their racist attacks. Anyway, the lying racist scum in the media dont deter the media. The Herald, The Daily Record, The Sun, SSB, BBC Scotland portray Sevco a la Rangers as racist victims. They’re all lying racist scum. Turn a blind eye to anti Irish racism whenever’s their want.

  19. Don’t buy into the anti Irish racism. Sevco a la Rangers media filth, not one ounce. Don’t buy their “Old Firm” newspapers or radio. Cowan’s a hun wannabe, Cosgrove’s Cowan’s Culcha. Keevin’s a filthy Brit tout.