Derk Boerrigter: Patience could be crucial again

Derk Boerrigter believes Celtic showed on Saturday that they have the qualities to beat AC Milan. Picture: SNS
Derk Boerrigter believes Celtic showed on Saturday that they have the qualities to beat AC Milan. Picture: SNS
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Derk Boerrigter believes Celtic showed on Saturday that they have the qualities to beat AC Milan in their crunch Champions League game at Parkhead tomorrow night.

The Dutchman scored in the first minute of added time against the Dons to help maintain Celtic’s serene progress towards the Premiership title. Bottom of Champions League Group H with three points from four games and, with a trip to Barcelona in their final fixture next month, the Scots need to beat AC Milan to have a realistic chance of reaching the last 16 for the second successive season.

Boerrigter, 27, who believes he has almost fully recovered from an ankle injury which has curtailed his Celtic career, believes it can be done. “We are playing at home, we will have the fans behind us and there is quality in the team,” he said. “We have to play our own game and (if we do) we can win. It is good that we can be patient and have the qualities to score goals in the final minutes.”

Asked if Celtic might need to be similarly patient against the Serie A side, who are two points ahead of Celtic, Boerrigter smiled when he said: “I would rather do it comfortably than wait for the final minute but I will take the win.”