Steven Gerrard’s side visit Belgian top tier club Standard Liege in their first Europa League group stage game of the season on Thursday.
Rangers begin their group stage games on the back of a Europa League campaign that saw them reach the round of 16, while Standard Liege have not progressed beyond the group stage in Europe since the 2010/11 season.
Former Gers star Buffel feels the Glasgow outfit’s experience could give them an edge over their Belgian opponents, but refused to make any predictions.
“Frankly, it’s hard to say“, Buffel told Belgian daily L’Avenir.
“I think Rangers’ experience could tip the scale against this rejuvenated Standard side. But I refuse to risk a prediction.“
The former Feyenoord and Rangers star also spoke highly of the Old Firm derby, insisting that players need to play in it to feel what it is like.
“Yes, [Feyenoord fans were great too] especially in matches against Ajax“, the Belgian said.
“But the Glasgow derby is a cut above.
“On the pitch, I can assure you that the nervousness and tension are even greater.
“You have to live it to believe it, there incredible atmosphere, the magnificent stadium and the 50,000 fans who never stop singing.“
Rangers will be hopeful of beginning their Europa League group stage with a win over Standard Liege in an attempt to increase their chances of progressing.