Celtic and Manchester United have expressed their support for former player Liam Miller, after reports that the 36-year-old is battling pancreatic cancer.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder is reportedly receiving treatment in the United States, where he last played for semi-professional side Wilmington Hammerheads.
Celtic wrote on their official Twitter account: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Football Club are with Liam Miller and his family at this time.”
Miller made his professional debut for the Hoops in 2000 after coming through the youth ranks at Parkhead and helped them win the Scottish Premiership title in 2004.
Miller was part of the Black Cats squad that won promotion to the Premier League in 2007 before he joined QPR two years later.
A short spell at Loftus Road was followed by stints at Hibernian, Australian clubs Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City, home-town club Cork City and, most recently, Wilmington.
Many of his former clubs and colleagues have publicly expressed their support for Miller through social media.
Miller won 21 caps for the Republic between 2004 and 2009, and current Ireland international David Meyler said the squad are thinking about their compatriot as they prepare to face Denmark in the second leg of their World Cup European Qualifier play-off.
“Obviously we heard the news, we’re unsure about the details, but our thoughts go out to his family and we’re just thinking about him and we just hope he can pull through and he’s strong,” said Meyler.