FORMER Celtic midfielder Liam Miller has died at the age of 36 after tragically losing his battle against cancer
The ex-Republic of Ireland international star, who also played for Manchester United, Leeds United and Hibs, passed away this evening.
It had emerged in November Miller had been stricken by the disease. He returned home to Cork from the USA – where he had last played for the Wilmington Hammerheads – for treatment.But the prognosis was bleak and he passed away leaving behind a wife and three children.
Miller came through the ranks at Parkhead and made his first-team debut under Kenny Dalglish in May 2000.
He became a regular in Martin O’Neill’s side and attracted the attention of Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson after scoring a goal and helping the side to a 2-0 Champions League win over Lyon at Parkhead in 2003.
Miller moved to Old Trafford at the end of his contract in the summer.
He struggled to establish himself at United and went onto play for Leeds, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers before returning to Scotland with Hibs. He then moved to Australia.
Tributes have been paid to the ex-football ace as the sad news emerged.
Former Lord Mayor of Cork Des Cahill said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of former @CorkCityFC international Liam Miller at such a young age.”