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Martin O'Neill leads tributes to Liam Miller following cancer diagnosis

Former United and Celtic player Miller battles cancer at age of 36- reports Martin O'Neill leads tributes to Liam Miller following cancer diagnosis
Kristopher Love | 13 November, 2017, 18:11

MARTIN O'NEILL HAS wished Liam Miller well in his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Friends and ex-team-mates of Liam Miller have revealed the former Celtic midfielder is battling cancer.

His former Hibs teammate Tam McManus tweeted that Miller had been receiving treatment in the United States, where he last played, but will be returning home today to begin chemotherapy.

"I gave him his debut at Celtic", O'Neill said.

"I heard about it just recently but didn't know how bad it was".

"He starts chemo tomorrow and is fighting hard really can't go into any more detail than that out of respect for him and family".

Miller played for three clubs down under - Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City - before returning to his native Cork City.

A midfielder, Liam began his career with Celtic and spent two seasons with Manchester United as well as periods with Leeds United, Sunderland and QPR. He scored once, in a friendly win against Sweden in 2006, and what a goal it was.

Speaking at his press conference this morning ahead of the second leg of Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark, O'Neill offered his support to the former midfielder.

"Such sad news about my old roommate Liam Miller", said former Leeds and Reading player Noel Hunt.

Another ex-Celtic team-mate, Chris Sutton, tweeted: "All thoughts and prayers go out to my old teammate Liam Miller tonight".

His former teammate at Hibernian, Tam McManus wrote on Twitter; "Awful news about Liam Miller keep the fingers crossed that he somehow pulls through".