ROY KEANE has been pencilled in as player/manager for a Manchester United legends team against their Celtic and Irish counterparts in a tribute match for Liam Miller next month.
Former Hoops, United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Miller passed away earlier this year at the tragically young age of 36 following a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
The charity game will take place in front of a sell-out crowd of 45,000 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh and proceeds will be used to help Miller’s widow Clare, their three children and the Marymount Hospice where he spent his final days.
Keane, who also played for the Old Trafford and Parkhead giants, is poised to manage and captain a team that is likely to include Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville against a combined Celtic and Ireland XI, featuring ex-Hoops boss and skipper Neil Lennon and Robbie Keane.
Michael O’Flynn, chairman of the organising committee, said: ”This will be a unique sporting occasion in Cork, not only because of the calibre of the soccer stars who will be taking part, but also because it will feature both soccer and GAA sports at the same time.
‘It will be a fantastic tribute to Liam Miller who was one of Cork’s sporting heroes.”
Keane and Miller were briefly team-mates at United in 2004 and 2005. They also played together for Ireland.