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13th Nov, 2017 | 2:37pm

Former Celtic boss pays tribute to Liam Miller as he battles illness

By John Reid

Martin O’Neill has taken time out of preparing for Ireland’s World Cup play-off against Denmark to pay tribute to Liam Miller.

Miller is currently battling cancer, and O’Neill, who gave the midfielder his big break when he was Celtic manager, spoke to the Irish Independent about his former player.

He said: “I gave him his debut and he played wonderfully well in a Champions League game one evening, he was absolutely outstanding.

“The news, we heard about it just recently, we didn’t know how bad it was. All our thoughts go out to them. A very young man, 36 years of age, it puts things in perspective anyway.”

Miller’s strong running from midfield and goal scoring ability against Lyon and Anderlecht were extremely impressive, particularly as it was his first run of games in the first team.

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In fact, Miller’s exceptional performances in the Champions League against Lyon and Anderlecht impressed former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson so much that he snapped up the player on a free contract in 2004.

The Irishman was unable to make any real impression at Old Trafford though, and he left to join Leeds on loan.

He later had spells at Sunderland and Hibs before finishing his career in Australia.

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