Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Ex-Celtic and Republic of Ireland player Liam Miller dies, aged 36

Ex-Celtic and Republic of Ireland player Liam Miller dies, aged 36

The midfielder made his professional debut for Celtic in 2000 and won an SPL title with the Scottish club in 2004.

For Ireland, he won 21 senior caps under Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni but his greatest success was at under-16 level when he helped Kerr's side to become European champions in 1998.

The midfielder ultimately returned home in 2015 for a season with hometown club Cork City before ending his playing days with American side Wilmington Hammerheads.

In the season after Liam gave me one of my most cherished memories as a fan of this club when he scored an unbelievable half-volley right at death away at Middlesbrough when we were 2-1 down. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time".

While the Brisbane Roar tweeted that they were "incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of our Championship winning midfielder". "So sad. Devastating news. Taken too young. Thoughts go out to his family".

Miller's first club Celtic also paid tribute, as did a range of former teammates.

While Keith Gillespie said: "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Liam Miller. Thoughts and prayers with his loved ones".

Danny Higginbotham, former United, Southampton and Stoke defender, said: "RIP Liam Miller". Was lucky enough to room with Liam on a few global trips. top player and a great person.

Chris Sutton, who played with Miller at Celtic, tweeted: "Terribly sad news about Liam Miller. My thoughts are with his family", he wrote on Twitter.

While former team-mate Kevin Doyle said: "Extremely sad news, Rest in peace Liam Miller, a gentleman".

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