Former Celtic, Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller dies aged 36

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The football world is in mourning after Irishman Liam Miller has tragically passed away at the age of just 36.

Miller has 21 senior worldwide caps, and one goal, for the Republic of Ireland. "So very sad. Thoughts and prayers with his friends and family", club captain Michael Carrick said.

Some of Liam's former teammates were among the others who paid tribute to the midfielder. "We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones at this hard time", the English club said on its official website.

"He was an unassuming young man off the pitch but he was a brilliant player on it".

The father-of-three, who also played for Hibernian, Leeds and Sunderland, passed away just four days short of his 37th birthday.

In memory of Liam, Manchester United players will wear black armbands during Sunday's Premier League match against Newcastle United at St James' Park.

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After Hibs, Miller spent spells at Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City he returned to Ireland in 2015 to join Cork. "We extend our condolences to his loved ones at this extremely hard time".

Celtic said they were "deeply saddened" by the news and will hold a minute's silence before this weekend's game.

Miller's death on Friday brought tributes from a number of his former clubs - including Leeds United, Hibernian, QPR and Sunderland.

The president of Ireland also took some time to pay his tribute to former Ireland star.

Miller is survived by wife Clare and his three children Kory, Leo and Belle. "Taken too young. Thoughts go out to his family".

"Myself and two of Liam's good friends were up with him the last night. We were pressing strongly and trying to find the breakthrough when Liam scored a magical goal that gave us momentum to win the game", said O'Neill.

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