'Unassuming off the pitch, but brilliant on it' - football pays tribute to Miller

From BBC - February 10, 2018

Liam Miller was an "unassuming man off the pitch but a brilliant player on it," Celtic legend Pat Bonner said.

The ex-Celtic, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland player, 36, died on Friday after suffering from cancer.

Celtic held a minute's silence in tribute to their former midfielder before the Scottish Cup game against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

"He had amazing ability as a player, but also he was a great, great lad," former team-mate Kevin Kilbane added.

Miller started out at Celtic in 2000 before spells at Manchester United, Leeds, Sunderland, QPR and Hibernian.

He also played for three Australian clubs and hometown side Cork City prior to ending his career in the United States in 2016.

Sunderland will wear black armbands in memory of Miller during their Championship game away at Bristol City on Saturday, and Manchester United players will do the same during Sunday's Premier League game at Newcastle United.

Leeds wore black armbands in their match away at Sheffield United in the Championship's early kick-off on Saturday.

"When we got word he was suffering with cancer a few months ago, it was devastating news, for anyone that played with him," Kilbane, who played with Miller for Republic of Ireland, said on Football Focus.

"And, of course, when the news filtered through last night it was terribly sad, and especially when you think of his wife and three children.

"Today, our thoughts just go out to his wife and family."

'He was an excellent footballer and a fantastic man'

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill gave Miller his debut during his time as Celtic manager where he rose to prominence particularly through his performances in Europe.


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