Former clubs rally around Liam Miller

Miller who also played for Leeds attracted tributes from former team-mates on social media

The footballing world has rallied around former Republic of Ireland worldwide Liam Miller after it emerged on Sunday he's now receiving treatment for cancer.

Miller began his career at Celtic where he played under now manager of the Republic of Ireland, Martin O'Neill.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Ireland's World Cup play-off second-leg clash with Denmark, the former Bhoys boss said: "I gave Liam his debut at Celtic".

"We heard about the news recently but we didn't know how bad it was".

The Ireland midfielder David Meyler said: "Thoughts go out to him and his family, from the whole team".

"It puts things in perspective anyway".

Miller also represented Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers in England, and also moved back north of the border to play for Hibernian in 2009. "We are all thinking of him and his family and hope he can pull through and be strong".

Tweets sent by the ex-Republic of Ireland international's former clubs and team-mates suggest that he is battling a serious illness, with Tam McManus, Alex Bruce and Noel Hunt having mentioned cancer in their messages.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Football Club are with Liam Miller and his family at this time, ' read a tweet from the Scottish champions" Twitter account.

"My thoughts are with Liam Miller and his family this morning".

Ian Harte added: 'Very sad news about one of my old teammates Liam Miller, thinking of him and his family at this very hard time'.

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