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Derk Boerrigter believes that Celtic have enough quality to beat AC Milan

Celtic needing a win against the Rosseneri to keep their European hopes alive.

Derk Boerrigter Celtic
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Dutch forward Derk Boerrigter believes that his side can claim a vital win in their important Champions League clash against AC Milan at Parkhead on Tuesday night.

Celtic find themselves 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 of the competition for the second successive season.

After a stuttering display against Aberdeen at the weekend where Neil Lennon’s side needed two goals in added time to topple the Dons, the Hoops will be under no illusions that they will need to raise their performance if they are to get a result against the Rosseneri.

Celtic have lost just twice on home soil in the group stages of the Champions League and once to an Italian side at Parkhead in their history, and Boerrigter is hoping that their impressive European form can be repeated on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old, who grabbed the second goal of the game in their 3-1 win on Saturday, feels that the backing from the home crowd can inspire his side to victory over the Italian giants.

He said: “We are playing at home, we will have the fans behind us and there is quality in the team.

"We have to play our own game and [if we do] we can win.”

Celtic expect to have winger James Forrest back from a hamstring injury and striker Anthony Stokes is also set to return after personal issues led to him missing the Dons game.

Hoops manager Neil Lennon will also be buoyed by the form of goalkeeper Fraser Forster, whose late save from McGinn, when he tipped a strike by the former Celtic player onto the post, was a probable game-saver.

Lennon praised his number one, who recently made his England debut in the 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley, and he will be looking for the Hexham-born goalkeeper to play a pivotal role for his side on Tuesday night.

He said: "There are only a few 'keepers who can make that save and he is one of them.

"It even got a bounce before which makes the save even more outstanding. I thought he could have come for their goal but if there is any blame to be attached he certainly redeemed that with a world-class save."

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