Buffel desperate for Rangers chance

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Belgian international Buffel has patiently awaited his chance since undergoing a knee operation and seeing a mooted move to German side Hannover collapse.

The midfielder insists he is fully fit and said: "I've played nine games and am pleased with how I feel now. I'm really up for it and hope to get back soon."

Buffel pressed his case with a fine display in a 4-2 reserve win over Inverness yesterday at Broadwood.

He scored one and set up the other three goals for a side that also included Ugo Ehiogu and Chris Burke.

Full-back Steven Smith, however, has undergone hernia surgery in a bid to end the lay-off that has sidelined him since last December.