BRENDAN RODGERS spoke of the sadness at the club at the news that former Celtic star and fellow Irishman Liam Miller had passed away on Friday.
The news broke on Friday evening and the Celtic squad were informed of Liam’s passing on Saturday morning ahead of traveling to Celtic Park for the Scottish Cup match against Partick Thistle.
The players wore black arm-bands in the game and there was a perfectly observed minute of silence in memory of Liam before the game. Credit to the traveling Thistle support for paying their respects too.
“It was a real sad moment when we got the message through at the hotel,” Brendan said.
“Liam was so young, just 36. Lot of Irish boys dream of coming across and playing for Celtic. He did that and had a fantastic career.
“To lose your life at such an age, and to leave a young family behind, is so sad.
“The club paid a great tribute to him out there and he’ll always be in the memory of everyone here at Celtic.”
Yesterday’s man of the match James Forrest also paid his respects for his former team-mate at Celtic.
“We heard the news in the morning and it was terrible,” the Celtic winger said.
“I was coming through when he was in the first team. When you are a young boy, you look up to the ones who are playing.
“It is a sad day for the family.”
Celtic are believed to be organising a private plane to take mourners from the club to Liam’s funeral next week.