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Former United footballer Liam Miller loses battle with cancer

12 February 2018

Former Ireland worldwide Liam Miller has died at the age of 36 after suffering from cancer.

A first senior hat-trick for James Forrest yesterday seemed to have a poignancy as Miller's life was commemorated with Forrest also a homegrown Celtic player who joined the club's academy the year Miller made his senior breakthrough for the Glasgow side.

A statement from Cork Schoolboy League said their thoughts and prayers were with Liam's family.

A year later he was off to Wilmington Hammerheads in the United States before returning to his home town last November after being diagnosed with his illness.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the CSL are with Liam's family tonight".

He played for Celtic and Manchester United in the Premier League, had stints with Leeds United and Sunderland, as well as time with Queens Park Rangers and Hibernian.

Liam later played for QPR and Hibernian before going to Australia where he represented Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City.

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Manchester United said the club were "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death" of Miller and they extended their "condolences to his loved ones at this extremely hard time". "His immediate family as well and friends - they'll be feeling it more so than anyone today and it's just terrible, it's just bad when you get that text and you hear the news", he added.

"I am very sad to hear that Liam has died".

He earned 21 caps during his worldwide career, and most recently played for American side Wilmington Hammerheads. I didn't know him but like the rest of the country I felt I did.

Celtic held a minute's silence in honour of Miller ahead of their Scottish Cup fifth round win over Partick Thistle.

Quiet, unassuming and highly thought of by his team-mates, the former footballer has left behind a young family.

Many of Miller's former clubs and team-mates have expressed their sadness, including former Celtic team-mate Stiliyan Petrov.

UNITED will wear black armbands in today's game against Newcastle United in a mark of respect to the late Liam Miller.

Former United footballer Liam Miller loses battle with cancer