Derk Boerrigter believes Celtic are reaping the rewards for patience after another late show

Derk Boerrigter: Scored his first goal for Celtic in the win against Aberdeen

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Celtic winger Derk Boerrigter believes the team are reaping the rewards for their patient approach this season.

Neil Lennon's men claimed the points with a 3-1 victory over Aberdeen at Celtic Park on Saturday, thanks to stoppage-time strikes from Boerrigter and Kris Commons.

It was the seventh time this season Celtic have scored vital goals in the last 15 minutes of matches.

Boerrigter's goal was his first for Celtic since his £3m transfer from Ajax in the summer, and helped Celtic maintain their unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership campaign.

And the Dutch forward reckons the team's doggedness could serve them well against Champions League opponents AC Milan at Celtic Park on Tuesday.

A victory for Celtic could ensure European football beyond Christmas, and the 27-year-old reckons the chance s of success are high.

"Yeah I think so," Boerrigter 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 we can win. It is good that we can be patient and have the qualities to score goals in the final minutes.

"I would rather do it comfortably than wait for the final minute but I will take the win."

Celtic v AC Milan is live on Sky Sports 4HD on Tuesday at 7.30pm