Sup­port for Miller from team­mate

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - By ALAN TEM­PLE

A FOR­MER team­mate of Liam Miller has spo­ken of his dev­as­ta­tion at learn­ing the ex-Celtic mid­fielder is bat­tling can­cer.

Kevin McBride ad­mit­ted he had been left dis­traught when he found out about the ill­ness that Miller, who has a wife and three young chil­dren, was suf­fer­ing from ear­lier this year and has been in touch to of­fer his sup­port.

It emerged on Sun­day night that the 36-year-old, who also played for Hiber­nian, had been di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

FOR­MER Hiber­nian man­ager John Hughes has of­fered his sup­port to Liam Miller in the 36-year-old’s bat­tle against can­cer, and has de­scribed the for­mer Celtic and Manch­ester United mid­fielder as ‘one of the best pro­fes­sion­als’ he has worked with.

Hughes brought Miller to the Easter Road side in 2009 and the ex-Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al­ist played his part in a fourth-place fin­ish that earned Hibs en­try to the Europa League.

Such was Miller’s in­flu­ence that sea­son that he was named the league spon­sor’s Player of the Month for Oc­to­ber.

While Hughes, who has been out of work since leav­ing Raith Rovers at the end of last sea­son, had been aware of the Ir­ish­man’s plight – news of Miller’s bat­tle reached the pu­bic do­main via so­cial me­dia late on Sun­day evening.

“It’s ab­so­lute tragic news,” said Hughes.

“I knew he had can­cer and all my hope and prayers are with him, he’s a fighter. If any­body can come through, he can – that’s for sure.”

Miller moved to Old Traf­ford af­ter be­gin­ning his ca­reer at Celtic and also turned out for Sun­der­land and QPR be­fore re­turn­ing north of the bor­der.

Hughes had no hes­i­ta­tion in re­cruit­ing the dy­namic mid­fielder and ad­mits he was hugely im­pressed by Miller’s ded­i­ca­tion on and off the pitch.

He added: “I signed Liam and I couldn’t be­lieve it, it was like win­ning the lot­tery be­cause the win­dow had closed.

“He was one of the best pro­fes­sion­als I’ve ever worked with, he was un­be­liev­able.”

John Hughes was Miller’s boss at Hibs

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