Liverpool won't be opponents for Scott Brown's testimonial

Tanya Simon
March 30, 2018

Former Celtic star Miller tragically died earlier this year after a battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife Clare, sons Kory and Leo, and daughter Belle.

The FAI has confirmed that a Republic of Ireland XI will take on Glasgow Celtic in Scott Brown's testimonial match at Celtic Park on Sunday, 20 May, with a portion of the proceeds going to the family of Liam Miller.

It won't be the first time a Republic of Ireland team have played the Hoops, as the sides met at Celtic Park back in 2005 for Jackie McNamara's testimonial match, with Ireland running out as 1-0 winners courtesy of a Robbie Keane goal.

Miller, a former Irish global, joined Celtic as a youth player, leaving the Glasgow club to join Manchester United in 2004.

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He told the club's website: "Some of the lads coming back might need [to be] rested and that gives me a chance to start and get some more game time in. He is a man who has given his heart and soul to Celtic and been such a pivotal figure for the club for more than a decade".

Though Brown and Miller never played together for Celtic - the latter departed for Man United in 2004, while the former didn't join until three years later - the club and support base that bonds them is a strong one, and the Celtic fans' response to Miller's passing showed the high level of affection that they held for their former midfielder.

The regular Championship (and League One) season wraps up on May 6th, so players from clubs not involved in the play-off process will be cleared to play, but the playoff final takes place on May 27th, and there will nearly certainly be some Irish involvement.

The play-off situation in League One could also cause issues for Blackburn duo Derrick Williams and Darragh Lenihan.

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