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Sports

Liam Miller, of Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland, dies aged 36

theguardian.com

Midfielder had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year 

Miller won 21 Republic of Ireland caps in career spanning 16 years

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller has died aged 36 from pancreatic cancer. Miller, who played for Celtic, Manchester United, Sunderland and Hibernian during a senior career spanning 16 years from 2000, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2017.

Miller began his career at Celtic and made 26 appearances for Martin O’Neill’s side before joining Manchester United in 2004. After struggling for regular first-team football he moved two years later to Sunderland, for whom he played 57 times in three years before a two-year stint at Hibernian.

He later played in Australia for Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City before returning to Ireland to play for his hometown club Cork City in 2015.He also played 21 times for the Republic of Ireland, scoring once.

His former Sunderland team-mate Danny Higginbotham tweeted: “RIP Liam Miller. Devastating news. Great player but more importantly fantastic person. So sad. Thoughts with his family.”

The head of Australia’s A-League, Greg O’Rourke, said many people involved with the competition are feeling the loss of the highly regarded Miller.

“There has been an outpouring of emotion and respect from clubs, players, and fans following the tragic loss of Liam Miller,” said O’Rourke. “That underlines the esteem in which Liam was and will always be held.”

“There will be a moment of silence before tonight’s match between Melbourne City FC, one of Liam’s former clubs, and Sydney FC, while Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League side will wear black armbands tomorrow.

“Our thoughts go out to those closest to Liam – his wife, children, family and friends.”

There will also be a moment of silence held in honour of Miller prior to Sunday’s Westfield W-League semi-final between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City at Perry Park in Queensland.