Black arm-bands and a minutes silence today in memory of Liam Miller

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CELTIC will wear black arm-bands for today’s Scottish Cup tie against Patrick Thistle at Celtic Park and their will be a minutes silence before the match kicks off to allow respects to be paid to former Celtic player Liam Miller, who passed away yesterday, aged just 36.

Liam was probably the closest we have ever got to producing another Paul McStay. He was that good.

Injury restricted his appearances for the Hoops but when he was in the team he made Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side purr as the ball was moved across the park and at the highest level in the Champions League. That goal against French Champions Lyon in the Champions League in 2003 was a thing of beauty.

Miller, as a young player, came into an experienced, talented Celtic side, in the Champions League, and made us a better side. He made the players around him better too and it was no wonder that Alex Ferguson was so impressed. Another legend of the game, Kenny Dalglish, had given Miller his Celtic debut in May 2000.

Brian McClair was the only other Celtic player that Ferguson signed for Manchester United and he has often described the player Celtic bought from Motherwell as his best ever signing. He tried to get Henrik of course, but that move only happened after Larsson’s spell in Barcelona.

But Ferguson did see more than enough to sign Liam Miller from Celtic. The move probably came too soon for Liam and he may well have been better letting his star shine brightly a Celtic for a few seasons more.

After a few years at Old Trafford, he moved on to Leeds United. Liam also played for Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers before signing for Hibs. He then moved to out to Australia before having spells in Ireland and the USA.

Yesterday Liam passed away, at just 36 years of age, leaving behind a wife and three children. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.

YNWA.

CELTIC TRIBUTES TO LIAM MILLER

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