Lee McCulloch believes Walter Smith's "play it safe" tactics could lead Rangers to success in Europe.
The Rangers boss opted for a 4-5-1 formation throughout the majority of the club's 2008 Uefa Cup campaign which eventually saw them through to the final.
Along the way, though, they played out a number of goalless draws which left the majority of fans frustrated.
Despite such disapproval, McCulloch believes the cautious approach will take Rangers a long way in Europe this term.
The 31-year-old admitted he expects, and supports, a similar system when his side take on Sevilla, Stuttgart and Unirea Urziceni in the UEFA Champions League.
"I think the way we approached the games two seasons ago was spot on," the former Wigan player said.
"It is a 4-5-1 when we are defending but can quickly turn into a 4-3-3 when we are attacking.
"When you look around Europe this is a tactic a lot of teams use, including Manchester United, so I think it can be very effective in the Champions League.
"Of course, it is up to the gaffer to decide what tactics he uses but the 4-5-1 formation is tried and trusted and it got us to the Uefa Cup final."
Tried and tested
Rangers kick off their European campaign next Wednesday in Stuttgart, a side they took on during their marathon run two years ago, which started in the Champions League.
Gers won 2-1 at Ibrox but were unlucky in defeat in the away group encounter, losing 3-2 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
"Over in Germany I thought we more than matched them," added McCulloch.
"Unfortunately they scored in the last five minutes to get all three points so that was a sore one for us to take.
"But I think the performance from that night, and especially the one at Ibrox, will give us a bit of hope when we travel to Stuttgart next week."