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The Backpass Rule · Apr 12, 2018

B.U.R.L.E.Y. Projects the SPFL Table for the Rest of the Season

My SPFL Model, B.U.R.L.E.Y. predicts how he sees the end of the Scottish season going...

The Backpass Rule · Mar 22, 2018

Celtic Have Found a Midfield Maestro in Olivier Ntcham

Olivier Ntcham has become key to Celtic’s midfield in his first season in Glasgow...

The Backpass Rule · Feb 23, 2018

Some Quick Numbers on Mikael Lustig

In the aftermath of yesterday’s 3-0 loss to Zenit St...

The Backpass Rule · Dec 7, 2017

What’s Wrong with Stuart Armstrong?

Celtic fans opinions on Stuart Armstrong have seemed to turned negative this season, but does he deserve it?

The Backpass Rule · Sep 26, 2017

A Statistical Preview of Celtic’s Champions League Opponent RSC Anderlecht

Looking at the stats behind Celtic’s Champions League opponent RSC Anderlecht...

The Backpass Rule · Sep 26, 2017

A Statistical Preview of Celtic’s Champions League Opponent RSC Anderlecht

Looking at the stats behind Celtic’s Champions League opponent RSC Anderlecht...

The Backpass Rule · Sep 21, 2017

Alfredo Morelos: Some Quick Praise from a Small Sample

Alfredo Morelos has been a huge improvement at striker for Rangers six matches in...

The Backpass Rule · Aug 4, 2017

Using Data from Leagues Around Europe to Improve xG for the SPFL

Expected goals are having a moment right now. The stat most associated with advanced stats in football has recently gotten think-pieces from outlets like The Guardian, The Telegraph, Goal...

The Backpass Rule · Aug 3, 2017

B.U.R.L.E.Y. Makes His SPFL Premiership Season Predictions

We have arrived upon the dawn of a new Scottish football season...

The Backpass Rule · Jul 25, 2017

A Statistical Preview of Celtic’s Champions League Opponent Rosenborg

Check out the preview of Celtic from a Rosenborg perspective at our sister site, KroneBall...

The Backpass Rule · Jul 4, 2017

Identifying Possible Break-Out Players By Making League-Wide Comparisons

As I am writing this, Barrie McKay is being sold to Nottingham Forrest and former boss Mark Warburton for a rumored £500,000...

The Backpass Rule · May 10, 2017

Bringing the Age Curve to the SPFL

The parallels between analytics in football and where analytics in Baseball was years ago are uncanny...

The Backpass Rule · Apr 30, 2017

What Type of Voodoo is Tommy Wright Working at St. Johnstone?

On Saturday St. Johnstone beat Aberdeen 2-0 despite being outshot 13-8 and the xG being in favor of Aberdeen 1...

The Backpass Rule · Apr 12, 2017

The Biggest Underachievers in the SPFL: Tony Watt said what?!

Being petty is something I believe I have shown I have no problem doing...

The Backpass Rule · Mar 23, 2017

Unleashing Kenny McLean: Aberdeen Push Up Midfielder to Move Up the Table

On December 17th, 2016 Aberdeen had just lost 2-1 to Ross County at Victoria Park...

The Backpass Rule · Mar 9, 2017

Finding the Best Pass in the SPFL (Don’t Look at Rugby Park)

The image here is not one of those ink-blot pictures that psychiatrists show you...

The Backpass Rule · Feb 16, 2017

Introducing Expected Assists to Scottish Football: Sinclair, Tavernier, and Cowie Stir their Team’s Drink

The idea of “expected assists” (or xA for short) has been in football for awhile now...

The Backpass Rule · Jan 27, 2017

When Losing a Defender Hurts Your Attack: What Will Happen to Hearts Without Callum Paterson?

It would be fair to say that noted laptop enthusiast Ian Cathro has had a rocky start to his managing career...

The Backpass Rule · Jan 14, 2017

Mailbag: Set Pieces, Transfers, xG, and Who in the SPFL Would Make the Best Bachelor?

Welcome to the first in a possible reoccurring series of posts where I take questions from you, the reader interested in some combination of Scottish football and stats in football...

The Backpass Rule · Dec 21, 2016

B.U.R.L.E.Y. Tries to Sort Out a Close Relegation Fight in the SPFL Premiership

By now, many of you have realized B.U.R.L.E.Y. hates your team...

The Backpass Rule · Dec 2, 2016

Introducing “B.U.R.L.E.Y.”, a Prediction Model for the SPFL and Handicapping the Race for 2nd

We are a few days removed from Hearts decisive 2-0 victory over Rangers...

The Backpass Rule · Nov 8, 2016

Conversion Rates in the SPFL Championship: The Finishing Fairy Can’t Find Dunfermline on a Map

Gathering stats for the SPFL Championship for the first time this year has been very interesting...

The Backpass Rule · Oct 28, 2016

Conversion Rates in the SPFL Premiership

The football analytics community most recent civil war with itself has been on the subject on finishing skill...

The Backpass Rule · Sep 14, 2016

XG Leaders in the SPFL: What is it Going to Take to Get Liam Boyce and Jason Cummings a High Profile Move?

Hi Hibs and Ross County fans. Let us get this out of the way right now...

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