Former Celtic, Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller dies aged 36

Liam Miller dejected

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The former Ireland worldwide lost his battle with cancer on Friday, and the sheer volume of tributes paid to him in the hours and days since show just how highly he was thought of both as a footballer and as a person.

Miller represented his country 21 times throughout a career which saw him play for Celtic, Manchester United, Leeds United and Cork City.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this time.

Miller was diagnosed with cancer in November previous year and had been undergoing treatment in the United States and Ireland. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time", the Championship club wrote on Twitter.

The father-of-three, who also played for Hibernian, Leeds and Sunderland, passed away just four days short of his 37th birthday.

The previous Celtic, Manchester United and Leeds United midfielder played for Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City in the vicinity of 2011 and 2014. "Our deepest condolences to his wife Clare, children, Kory, Leo and Belle, his extended family and friends at this tragic time".

Now, the man who brought Miller from Celtic to Old Trafford, Alex Ferguson, has paid his own tribute to his former player. "His immediate family as well and friends - they'll be feeling it more so than anyone today and it's just terrible, it's just very bad when you get that text and you hear the news", he added.

Former Ireland captain Robbie Keane said: "Woke up to the devastating news of my former team mate Liam Miller taken way too soon".

He also won 21 Ireland caps, scoring one goal, a long-range effort against Sweden in what was Steve Staunton's first game as manager. "Thoughts and prayers are with Liam's family at this hard time".

His former club mate at Celtic Darren O'Dea paid tribute to the Cork man on this mornings Now That's What I Call Sport.

Earlier today, Celtic held an emotional minute's silence before their game with Partick Thistle, while Miller's former Manchester United teammates have offered sympathies and tributes throughout the day. "I don't know how many other people can say they played for their two childhood clubs, or even one childhood club".

Leeds United players wore black armbands yesterday for Miller who had a loan spell at Elland Road during the 2005/06 season.

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