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Former Roar, Man Utd midfielder Liam Miller dies from cancer aged 36

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A-League champion and former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died, aged 36.

Liam Miller's career

Born: February 13, 1981

  • Celtic (2000-04): 26 appearances, two goals
  • Manchester United (2004-06): nine appearances
  • Sunderland (2006-09): 57 appearances, three goals
  • QPR (2009): 13 appearances
  • Hibernian (2009-11): 66 appearances, seven goals
  • Perth Glory (2011-13): 49 appearances, two goals
  • Brisbane Roar (2013-14): 24 appearances, three goals
  • Melbourne City (2014): two appearances
  • Cork City (2015): 29 appearances
  • Wilmington Hammerheads (2016): 25 appearances, one goal

It was revealed Miller had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year.

Miller won the A-League championship with the Brisbane Roar in the 2013-14 season, making 20 appearances and scoring three goals that season.

He made 21 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring one goal.

His football journey began with Scottish giants Celtic, where he made his professional debut in 2000.

Miller's European journey would see him transfer to Manchester United (where he made nine appearances), before stints at Leeds, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and Hibernian, before making his A-League sojourn.

In a statement, Celtic said it was "incredibly" saddened by the news, adding: "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

Brisbane Roar's Ivan Franjic described it as the "saddest news".

"One of the best blokes and champion player, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends," Franjic said on Twitter.

Former Celtic teammate Mark Burchill said on Twitter: "Can't believe my old team-mate Liam Miller has passed away today.

"Taken far too soon. Horrific news. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time."

Miller joined the Perth Glory in 2011, before moving to the Roar in 2013 for a solitary, glorious season.

External Link: Brisbane Roar tweets VALE Liam Miller BRFC are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of our Championship winning midfielder. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friend at this time.

Head of the Hyundai A-League, Greg O'Rourke, said many people were feeling the loss of Miller.

"There has been an outpouring of emotion and respect from clubs, players, and fans following the tragic loss of Liam Miller," O'Rourke said in an FFA statement.

"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."

External Link: Liam Miller scores for the Roar against Melbourne Victory

Miller left the Roar after asking to have his contract terminated after being dropped for two games without explanation, before signing for Melbourne City on a short-term deal.

He returned to Ireland in 2015 to play for his home town club Cork City, before joining third-tear US side Wilmington Hammerheads.

External Link: Liam Miller scores his solitary goal for IrelandExternal Link: Hibernian tweets We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of former Hibernian midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.External Link: Sunderland tweets We are saddened to hear this evening that former #SAFC midfielder Liam Miller has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.External Link: Leeds United tweets Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #LUFC midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friendsExternal Link: Ivan Franjic tweets Saddest news seeing former team mate Liam Miller pass away. One of the best blokes and champion player, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.External Link: Mark Burchill tweets Can’t believe my old team mate Liam miller @CelticFC has passed away today.. taken far too soon.. horrific news.. thoughts and prayers with his family at this time #RipLiamExternal Link: Danny Higginbotham tweets RIP Liam Miller. Devastating news. Great player but more importantly fantastic person. So sad. Thoughts with his family.

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