Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman has shrugged off speculation linking him with the vacant post at Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers. Odds on Freedman succeeding the sacked Owen Coyle have plummeted in the last 24 hours.

"I cannot stop speculation, but I am very happy to be playing Millwall this weekend and that's all I want to say," Freedman told the Croydon Guardian.

"I cannot deal with speculation, I have too much to do in this job. I only deal in facts and the facts are that I have a game against Millwall this weekend and I am keeping my fingers crossed that my players come back from international duty without any injuries.

"I am also keeping my fingers crossed that I have prepared in the best possible way so that we win the match. Those are the facts, let's stick to the facts.

"When I was younger, 19 or so, and there was speculation that I'd be playing for Rangers and Celtic, at that age I found it quite difficult to deal with, but as you get older, you can brush it aside."

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