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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Bhoys can beat Milan – Boerrigter

Celtic 3 Aberdeen 1

Derk Boerrigter believes Celtic have shown that they have the qualities to beat AC Milan in their crunch Champions League game at Parkhead tomorrow.

The Hoops displayed their never-say-die spirit once again against Aberdeen on Saturday, when the Dutch forward grabbed his first goal since his £3m signing from Ajax in the summer.

After Niall McGinn had cancelled out Kris Commons' opener for the home side, it looked like Neil Lennon's men would be facing the Rossoneri on the back of a draw.

However, Boerrigter pounced from close range in the first minute of added time before Commons grabbed a second to extend the Hoops' unbeaten Scottish Premiership run to 13 games.

Celtic's European campaign, though, is proving more problematic.

They are bottom of Group H with three points from four games and, with a trip to face Barcelona in their final fixture next month, the Scottish champions need to beat AC Milan to have a realistic chance of reaching the last 16.

Boerrigter 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."

Lennon expects to have his firepower enhanced for the visit of Milan. Winger James Forrest will be back from a hamstring injury and striker Anthony Stokes will return after personal issues led to him missing the Dons game.

Irish Independent

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