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

Liam Miller Manchester United

The Corkman had been battling cancer in recent months. Born and raised in Cork, the midfielder had an impressive career that took in three continents and included worldwide football for his homeland. He had since been under treatment in the United States and Ireland.

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.

His death was confirmed last night.

Former Ireland, Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sunderland say they're "saddened to hear the news of his passing" while Celtic have extended their thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

A talented central midfielder, Miller was a star in the making from his teenager years.

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Liam Miller, who tragically passed away on Friday evening.

"He was obviously in a coma but they still say the person hears what's going on around you so we were just chatting like normal - amusing stories through our childhood and stuff like that".

Liam Miller: He played for Celtic, Hibs, Man Utd, Leeds and more.

Former team-mate Kevin Kilbane wrote: "Sad hearing the very bad news that Liam Miller has passed away this evening, taken far so soon by a terrible disease. He was an excellent footballer and a fantastic man".

Old Trafford legends David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand also paid their respects to the dad-of-three.

"I genuinely look back and think, "I played for Celtic", my boyhood club". Liam was at United when I first signed.

Struggling to establish himself in United's central midfield, he had a loan spell at Leeds in 2005.

Leeds supporter Craig Reaves wrote: "Celebrating a late victor as Leeds came back from 3 down to win 4-3 at Southampton in 2005, and writing himself into #lufc folklore".

It was there that he played under Roy Keane in the 2006 Championship-winning side before going on to play for QPR and Hibernian in the UK.

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