Latest: 'Only the good die young': Football world pays tribute to Liam Miller

Liam Miller's former teammates have paid tribute to a "down to earth" man off the field and "model pro" on it, after the 36-year-old died from pancreatic cancer.

Latest: 'Only the good die young': Football world pays tribute to Liam Miller

Update 5.09pm: Wayne Rooney has added his condolences to Liam Miller's family and friends as tributes continue to flow for his former Manchester United team-mate, writes Stephen Barry.

United will wear black armbands when they play Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday in memory of the Corkman.

"Gutted to hear the sad news about Liam Miller. Thoughts are with his family and friends," tweeted Rooney.

At Celtic Park today, flags were flown at half mast while outside the ground, supporters placed shirts and scarves on rails to honour the Republic of Ireland midfielder.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said Miller lived the Irish dream of playing for the Parkhead club.

"It was a real sad moment last night when we got the message through at the hotel," he said.

Fans stand for a minute's silence in memory of Liam Miller at Celtic Park. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

Fans stand for a minute's silence in memory of Liam Miller at Celtic Park. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

"It is awful news. So young, 36 years of age. The dream of lots of Irish boys is to come across and play for Celtic and he did that and had a fantastic career.

"To lose your life that young and leave a young family behind is so sad.

"I thought the club paid a great tribute to him today and certainly he will always be in the memory of everyone here at Celtic."

Across the city of Glasgow, Rangers posted their own message sharing their neighbours' grief.

Leeds United players also wore black armbands for Miller who had a loan spell at Elland Road during the 2005/06 season.

Prior to Ireland's Six Nations game with Italy at Croke Park, the IRFU sent their condolences to the Miller family, saying: "Waking up to the very sad news about Liam Miller. It reminds us that there are far more important things in life than sport. We extend our condolences to our friends in @FAIreland and to Liam's family and friends. RIP."

- Additional reporting by PA

Update 2.56pm: Cork City manager John Caulfield has paid tribute to his former player Liam Miller, writes Stephen Barry.

The thoughts of the club are with his family, his wife Clare and children Kory, Leo and Belle, Caulfield said.

He also remembered Miller's sons attending training during their father's year at Turner's Cross.

"I think everyone is shocked and saddened," said Caulfield.

"While we have known that he was very sick, we are just thinking of his family, particularly his wife and three kids. When he was here, his two sons, Kory and Leo, used to be at training quite a bit. It does put everything into perspective. It’s hard to imagine what has happened, just three years after he was here.

“He got to the highest level, winning international caps and playing for some big clubs. He was so modest, nothing ever went to his head. He came in every day and trained; a lovely person with a great attitude, a down to earth, humble guy.”

Speaking on TV3's Six Nations coverage, former Munster and Ireland out-half Ronan O'Gara said: "Condolences to Liam's lovely wife and his family. Many young people in Cork who supported football would have looked to Roy Keane first and Liam Miller next."

Books of condolences will be opened at Cork City's club shop in Douglas Village Shopping Centre and club office in Bishopstown when they re-open on Tuesday morning.

Update 1.08pm: An impeccably observed minute's silence was held at Celtic Park in memory of Liam Miller, writes Stephen Barry.

Before the game, Packie Bonner told BBC Scotland about his time as part of the Ireland set-up when Miller was first called up.

"I remember him breaking into the international team with Brian Kerr - I was on his coaching staff. He was an unassuming young man off the pitch but on it, he was a brilliant young player. It's a really, really sad day for his family and everybody connected with him down in Cork.

"I spoke to his mother recently and they were very sad about what was happening to him, and he's gone now."

On BT Sport 1, his former Man United teamamte Rio Ferdinand, said of Miller: "What a real, honest human. A genuine pure person. A great guy and sad to see someone taken away so early."

A minute's silence was also observed before Melbourne City's A-League match this morning and before all Cork Schoolboys League games.

Update 12.18pm: Martin O'Neill has paid tribute to "an excellent footballer and a fantastic man", who will be "greatly missed, writes Stephen Barry.

The Republic of Ireland manager gave Miller his big break at Celtic, and he recalled one of the midfielder's famous Champions League goals at Celtic Park.

"I remember the impact that Liam had in a big Champions League match against Lyon. 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.

"At the end of that season, Liam moved on to Manchester United but had already made a strong mark at Celtic Park and the players were extremely disappointed to see him go.

"Liam's passing is very sad and he will be greatly missed. He was an excellent footballer and a fantastic man."

Original story (10.52am): Former teammates pay tribute to 'down to earth, model pro' Liam Miller

Liam Miller's former teammates have paid tribute to a "down to earth" man off the field and "model pro" on it, after the 36-year-old died from pancreatic cancer yesterday, writes Stephen Barry.

"Humble" and "gentleman" were the most used words to describe the former Celtic, Man United and Ireland midfielder.

"I genuinely look back and think, 'I played for Celtic', my boyhood club," Miller told the Irish Examiner after joining Cork City in February 2015.

"I dreamed of playing for Man United and I got that opportunity as well. I don't know how many other people can say they played for their two childhood clubs, or even one childhood club.

"Of course, I would have loved to play more games, don't get me wrong, but I got to learn from some of the best players ever. Looking back, it was wonderful.

"Growing up for me, I just wanted to play football. And as I got better and better, the opportunities came around for me. Nothing's ever guaranteed - you could get an injury in the morning, touch wood - but I worked my socks off and the hard work paid off for me."

Celtic will hold a minute's silence and wear black armbands when they welcome Partick Thistle to Celtic Park at 12.15pm.

Miller's former teammates, including John Hartson and Stiliyan Petrov who have suffered from other forms of cancer, expressed their dismay on a sad day.

His teammate with Ireland and Sunderland, Stephen Elliott paid tribute to his former roommate, saying, "most of all he is one of the few people in football who I consider a true friend. I'm absolutely devastated for him and his young family. I'm sure he is resting with the angels now. RIP Chewy love you x".

Man United's David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Louis Saha and current captain Michael Carrick were among those to remember the Corkman.

"The future is guaranteed to no one," wrote Cork City's Alan Bennett, in remembering his "humble, funny, extremely talented" former teammate.

His ex-teammates at Sunderland, Hibernian, Leeds United, QPR and Danish club AGF Aarhus also marked the Miller's passing.

Tam McManus, who played with Miller at Hibs, wrote, "(I) Think you can see the esteem that Liam Miller was held in by supporters of every club he either played for or against with the tributes to him tonight. Such a wonderfully talented player but more importantly a lovely, humble person who never changed despite the wealth and success".

Melbourne City paid tribute to Miller before their loss to Sydney FC this morning. They were one of his three clubs in Australia, where he won the A-League with Brisbane Roar less than four years ago.

Rest in peace, Liam.

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