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EX-CELT MILLER IN CANCER BATTLE

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FRIENDS and former team-mates of Liam Miller have revealed the ex-Celtic midfielder is battling cancer.

News started to leak out about the ex-Celt’s serious illness on Saturday evening when Cork Celt, a respected poster on CQN, posted on the site about the terrible news that was being discussed in Cork but hadn’t reached a wider audience at that stage.

The story was shared on social media on Sunday and later last night more details started to emerge about Liam’s battle with cancer.

The 36-year-old began his career at Parkhead, scoring two goals in 26 appearances during the Martin O’Neill era before moving to Manchester United.

Miller, a former Republic of Ireland international raised in Cork, also played for Sunderland, Leeds and Hibs before spells in Australia and the States.

He moved back to his hometown of Cork two years ago with his wife and three children before a spell at Wilmington Hammerheads.

Miller is understood to be fighting pancreatic cancer, undergoing treatment in America last month before returning home.

Former Easter Road colleague Tam McManus wrote: “Awful news about Liam Miller keep the fingers crossed that he somehow pulls through.

“Was in the USA for treatment this month and flies back tomorrow to start chemo here.”

McManus added: “Can’t go into any more detail than that out of respect for him and family. Praying he can get better.”

Former Dunfermline striker Noel Hunt wrote: ‘Such sad news about my old room-mate Liam Miller, Pray to God he pulls through this battle with cancer, my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Ex-Hoops defender Darren O’Dea, now with Dundee, said: “All my thoughts and love with Liam Miller and his family.”

Ian Harte, a former colleague at Leeds, added: “Very sad news about one of my old team-mates, Liam Miller. Thinking of him and his family at this very difficult time.”

John Hartson wrote: “My thoughts are with Liam Miller and his family this morning. Hope he can get through this difficult time of his life.”

Celtic have just posted a message of support for Liam on social media, with Hibs also having done the same for their former player.

Everyone at CQN wishes Liam all the best for his fight against this horrible disease. You’ll never walk alone, Liam.

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