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Former Ireland midfielder Liam Miller dies after cancer battle

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Cassandra Gardner | 10 February, 2018, 05:28

Former Ireland worldwide Liam Miller has passed away aged 36.

He struggled to establish himself at the Red Devils and went onto play for Leeds United, Sunderland, QPR and Hibernian before heading Down Under.

Tributes have poured in from former clubs, teammates and fellow players for the father-of-three, who passed away just days before his 37 birthday.

The club tweeted: "We are saddened to hear this evening that former Sunderland midfielder Liam Miller has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time", Celtic said on Twitter.

A short spell at Loftus Road was followed by stints at Hibernian, Australian clubs Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City, home-town club Cork City and, most recently, Wilmington.

A range of footballing icons and clubs have expressed their condolences over his passing and paid their tributes.

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Kevin Kilbane tweeted: "Sad hearing the very bad news that Liam Miller has passed away this evening, taken far too soon by a terrible disease. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time", the club tweeted.

Former global teammate Steven Reid described Miller as a "top player and a great person", while Kevin Kilbane said he was proud to have shared a dressing room with him.

Clinton Morrison posted: "RIP Liam Miller, was a honour to play with you".

For Ireland, he won 21 senior caps under Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni but his greatest success was at under-16 level when he helped Kerr's side to become European champions in 1998.

"So sad", he added.

Celtic were among several of Miller's former clubs who tweeted their condolences on Friday night. Taken far too soon.

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