Ex-Celtic and Republic of Ireland player Liam Miller dies, aged 36

Doug Mendoza
February 11, 2018

FORMER Celtic, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, who died on Friday night at the age of 36 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, fulfilled two boyhood dreams.

Reports emerged in November that Miller had pancreatic cancer and was receiving treatment in the USA, where he played for Wilmington Hammerheads.

Wayne Rooney, who played with Miller at United, tweeted: "Gutted to hear the sad news about Liam Miller".

Rio Ferdinand said the death of his former Old Trafford colleague was "tragic" while current Manchester United captain Michael Carrick remembered Miller being at the club when he first joined in 2006.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the CSL are with Liam's family tonight".

Miller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer past year and had been undergoing treatment both in the US and in his homeland of Ireland.

"I was aware of him as a young player with talent here".

'I am very sad to hear that Liam has died, ' Ferguson said.

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He went on to play 60 times for Sunderland, scoring three times and invariably being a quality player, who while quiet and reserved in public, was always enormously popular in the dressing room.

Celtic said they were "deeply saddened", adding that their "thoughts are with his family and friends".

Aged just 36, the Cork native had an impressive career, representing clubs such as Celtic, Manchester United and Cork City.

After a loan spell with Leeds United, he moved to Sunderland, and was part of the squad that won promotion to the English Premier League in 2007.

A year later he was off to Wilmington Hammerheads in the United States before returning to his home town last November after being diagnosed with his illness.

Miller won the A-League title with Brisbane in 2014, and was a member of the Perth Glory side that was beaten by the Roar in the grand final in 2012.

Beckham tweeted: "Our thoughts are with Liam's family". His young children & wife, his family, his friends lives changed forever.

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