Former Black Cat in cancer fight

Liam Miller in action with Cork City FC in 2015. Pic Fergal Phillips

Liam Miller started his career with Celtic.

Miller also had spells with the likes of Leeds United, Sunderland and Hibernian prior to stints in Ireland, the United States and in Australia.

Miller began his career at Celtic where he played under now manager of the Republic of Ireland, Martin O'Neill. Alex Ferguson and signed for Manchester United.

Liam made 21 senior global appearances, as well as representing the Republic of Ireland at U16, U18, U20 and U21 level.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side's World Cup playoff against Denmark, O'Neill expressed his shock. "We're unsure of all the details, but our thoughts go to his family", David Meyler said.

"The news we heard just recently, we did not know how bad it was".

He also received praise and tributes from other former teammates.

Messages of support have poured in for former Hibs player Liam Miller who has cancer.

Later in his career, Miller would spend some years in Australia's A-League, before returning home to play with Cork City in 2015 before heading overseas again, joining the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina.

Among the first to rally around Miller was ex-Celtic and Arsenal frontman John Hartson - who beat testicular cancer in 2009 after it had spread to his lungs and brain. "Hope he can get through this hard time of his life", tweeted the Welshman.

The Welshman said: "My thoughts are with Liam Miller and his family this morning".

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