Friday 6 December 2019

'They were world class, but I wanted to give it a go' - Liam Miller reflects on memorable career in 2015 interview

Roy Keane chats to team-mate Liam Miller during their time together in the Ireland squad
Roy Keane chats to team-mate Liam Miller during their time together in the Ireland squad

In a 2015 interview, Liam MIiller said he had no regrets about a football career that saw him play for Celtic, Manchester United and the Republic of Ireland.

The 36-year-old former midfielder passed away last night after a battle with cancer, and in 2015 after it was announced he was returning home to play for Cork City, he spoke to the Irish Independent about his memorable career.

Miller made his professional debut for Celtic in Kenny Dalglish's last game in charge in 2000, before breaking into the first team under Martin O'Neill during the 2003/04 season.

After a stellar campaign, the Corkman signed with Manchester United on a free transfer, but only made nine league appearances in two seasons before moving on.

Despite failing to make a lasting impact at Manchester United, Miller told the Irish Independent that he wouldn't have changed his journey.

"I have no regrets from my career," he said. 

"There have been highlights. My Ireland debut. My debut for Celtic. My first game for Manchester United.

"When I left Celtic for United, I knew the players that were there. Keane and Scholes in the middle. They're world-class players. But I wanted to give it a go, I felt at the time I was good enough, whether that was (true), I don't know."

After leaving the Red Devils, Miller played for Leeds, Sunderland, QPR, Hibs, Perth Glory, Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar, before returning to play for Cork City.

He also played for Ireland 21 times, scoring one goal.

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