Republic of Ireland mourns Liam Miller

Former Celtic, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller has passed away at the age of 36.

Liam Miller playing for the Republic of Ireland
Liam Miller playing for the Republic of Ireland ©Getty Images

The Republic of Ireland is mourning the death of Liam Miller, the former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder who won 21 caps for his country, who has passed away at the age of 36.

Cork-born Miller, who had been battling pancreatic cancer, made his professional debut for Celtic in 2000, and helped them to win a Scottish Premiership title in 2004. He joined Manchester United that year, and spent two years with the English club.

After a loan spell with Leeds United, he moved to Sunderland, and was part of the squad that won promotion to the English Premier League in 2007. Miller went on to play for Queens Park Rangers in England and Hibernian in Scotland, and had stints with Australian clubs Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City.

He also played for his home-town club Cork City and, most recently, Wilmington Hammerheads in the United States.

Miller began his international career for the Republic of Ireland at youth and Under-21 levels. He was part of the Irish squad that won the then UEFA European Under-16 Championship in 1998, and went on to make his senior debut in 2004.

"It is very upsetting to learn of the passing of Liam Miller at such a young age," said Football Association of Ireland (FAI) CEO John Delaney. "While Liam achieved a lot as a player, he still had a lot more to give, and that is the most tragic aspect of his passing."

"He was an excellent footballer and a fantastic man," said Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, who gave Miller his senior debut for Celtic.

"Manchester United is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of our former midfielder Liam Miller," the club tweeted. "We extend our condolences to his loved ones at this extremely difficult time." Celtic and Sunderland also expressed sadness at his passing.