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Edouard Squared

By James Dailey As part of my first piece on Celtic by Numbers, I laid out my case as to why Odsonne Edouard’s talents and playing style would be better utilized with a strike partner – particularly one which plays in a more traditionally advanced and preferably central to centre right role...

Can McGregor Knock Brown for 6?

By James Dailey Saturday’s 5-0 result versus St. Mirren was a continuation of domestic dominance this season.

Put Leadership To The Test

By James Dailey I have no doubt that intangible qualities of players exist, and that they can be difficult to measure directly.

Copenhagen: The Battle of Midfield

By James Dailey As I have made clear in prior pieces, I believe Celtic could field one of the best midfields among the remaining Europa League teams.

Copenhagen: Dream to Reality

By James Dailey Recency bias is the human tendency to mentally overweight memories from the recent pass more so than those from longer ago...

The Road to Gdansk

By James Dailey Odsonne Edouard and Fraser Forster give Celtic a chance to win the Club’s second European trophy.

Deeply Creative

Yesterday I showed how McGregor remains deeply creative despite having an extraordinarily high pass completion rate (94%) and that this did not indicate overly risk averse passing.

McGregor Passes the Test

Whilst no stat is completely meaningless given the right context, it is certainly true to say that passing statistics on there own can reveal little...

The Celtic Business Model

By James Dailey A frequent expression of frustration about Celtic’s commitment level, or lack thereof, during the January transfer window includes something about the “£30-40 million in cash” the Club are “sitting on.” My goal in this piece is not to justify or argue for what Mr...

Griffiths Turns The Corner

Two goals in consecutive games from corner passes was rare from Celtic in the recent Kilmarnock and Ross County ties.

Edouard and the “Finishing” Myth

One of the many insights xG gives us is that great goal scorers are defined by two key attributes.

Is 3-5-2 Working?

By James Dailey I believe an important aspect of being an analyst is to evaluate one’s work and be honest in that assessment...

Centre Health

By James Dailey Are Celtic well covered at Centre Half? This seems such a simple question, but the answer is unfortunately conditional.

Bitton Is A Centre Half

By James Dailey Much angst and disgust were expressed in the dying moments of the transfer window on Friday.

The Ghost of Willo Flood

It is now over 10 years since Strachan’s final season saw an aging, unbalanced Celtic squad limp to 2nd place in the SPL bringing down the curtain on 3 titles in a row.

Unshackle McGregor

By James Dailey In the lead up to the Cup Final in December, I started a comprehensive comparative analysis between the squads of Celtic and The Rangers, while trying to attribute where they were performing better than our team...

Ntcham Bias

By James Dailey (@jucojames) I am guessing at the outset that this piece may trigger the most cognitive dissonance amongst readers and want to state upfront that I am not casting any aspersions on other supporters...

Elite Edouard

As the window hopefully closes without any major outgoings, we should pause and reflect on the progress of Edouard.

Soro for Brown?

By James Daily (@jucojames) The signing of Ismaila Soro may be one of the most interesting developments to monitor over the remainder of this season...

Forrest for the Trees

Article by James Dailey (@jucojames) Perhaps no Celtic player has been a better case study for human cognition than James Forrest.

The Real Return of Lennyball

Article by James Dailey Is Neil Lennon the ultimate decision maker when it comes to the system and formations Celtic are deploying on the pitch?

Lennon and Rodgers In Europe – An Expected Goals Adventure

Article by James Dailey As I consume mainstream and fan-based Celtic-related media, I am constantly bombarded by “conventional wisdom” and provided with topics to analyze.

Donnelly Is The Brown We Think We Have

Article by James Dailey I started a deep dive into analyzing Scott Brown’s age-based performance decline this past summer, which was catalyzed by an exchange with Alan in the comments section of Celticbynumbers prior to the first Cluj qualifier...

Celtic Strikes Back

Article by James Dailey The signing of Patryk Klimala has generated the typical frenetic response from Celtic support, as some immediately think he and the Slovakian league are rubbish, some watch his video highlights on Youtube and extol on Twitter that he is the “next Lewandowski,” while still others take a wait and see approach...

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