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The BFG on his battle with ‘Big Smudge’

Toni Leistner says Saturday’s battle against former R Matt Smith lived up to his expectations.

The duo went head-to-head at The Den at the weekend, with defender Leistner coming out on top against his old teammate.

Leistner – known as the BFG by many Rangers fans – defended superbly all afternoon in south London, providing his side with the platform to go on and win the match 2-1 – their fourth three-point haul in a row.

And speaking on this week’s episode of The Loftcast, Leistner revealed that last Saturday’s battle was one that he had been looking forward to.

“Everyone obviously knows ‘Big Smudge’ and he is very hard to play against,” Leistner told The Loftcast. “He is very tall, very strong and I think I had a good day against him.

“I smashed him a couple of times and he told me after the game that he had some pain because I stepped on his back, I smashed him in the box and it was a great game for me. In the evening, I had a bit of a headache but it was all worth it!”

Leistner also admitted that for the duration of the game, their friendship had to be put to one side.

He said: “For the 90 minutes, we were not friends. He could be my best mate – Smudge or another old teammate – but for 90 minutes we were not going to be friends. We both showed that throughout the game.”

The Loftcast is the club’s regular, free-to-listen podcast. Hosted by R’s legend Andy Sinton, The Loftcast features all of the latest chat and debate from W12 and, in the latest edition, Leistner also discusses Rangers’ good form, working under manager Mark Warburton and the upcoming clash against West Bromwich Albion.

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