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Pompey aim to keep Irish star Henderson

PORTSMOUTH hope that they can keep hold of their Irish goalkeeper Stephen Henderson in the face of interest from other clubs.

Henderson (23) has earned rave reviews after establishing himself in the Pompey side in recent weeks and as the club are facing a financial crisis - Pompey have just two weeks to pay a £1.5m tax bill - they may be forced to sell players to survive.

Ipswich have already expressed an interest in keeper Henderson, while his fellow Irishman Liam Lawrence has also been linked with a move away from Fratton Park.

"At the minute I'm just going to make sure I work on the theme that no-one is going to get sold. Hopefully, this week will be a normal week leading up to the game - or as normal as it can be," said Pompey boss Michael Appleton.

"I think I will probably switch my phone off for a couple of days so no-one can get in contact with me."

Caley: Hayes to snub Celts

INVERNESS manager Terry Butcher has dismissed reports of a Celtic bid for his Irish star Jonathan Hayes.

Dubliner Hayes has been in superb form for the SPL side this season, scoring seven goals, and weekend reports suggested that Neil Lennon wanted to bring the 24-year-old to Parkhead.

"As far as Jonny Hayes is concerned, I've had no contact with Celtic whatsoever. Nothing has been said to me. I've had a good chat with Jonny about everything and he's very focused on what he's doing for Caley Thistle," said Butcher.

Capped four times at U21 level, Hayes joined Inverness in 2009 after spells with Reading and Leicester City.