Scott McKenna learned a lot from play­ing Ju­nior foot­ball when

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give Alex McLeish and his patchedup de­fence plenty to think about ahead of the match with Is­rael.

“Scot­land should most def­i­nitely be wor­ried about him,” said Martin Schauhu­ber, sports re­porter with Der Stan­dard news­pa­per in Aus­tria. “He’s an ex­tremely im­por­tant player for Salzburg. He may not be as para­mount as some strik­ers are for their teams, but Salzburg’s sys­tem wouldn’t al­low for a player to ever be that cen­tral. But there surely is a case to be made that he has been their most im­por­tant player.”

It was not al­ways so. Dab­bur may now be vi­tal to Red Bull – and Is­rael – but that was the not the case when he ini­tially ar­rived from Swiss side Grasshop­pers.

“Mu­nashas­de­vel­o­pe­d­in­toSalzburg’s No 1 goalscorer fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of cap­tain Jonatan So­ri­ano to China,” ex­plained Michael Un­ver­dor­ben, re­porter with Salzburger Nachrichten. “But he had to take the long route to get there. When he first ar­rived from Grasshop­pers he only scored two goals in his first half-sea­son, was not play­ing well, and the fans did not take to him. They were even jeer­ing him. Mu­nas was not in a good place.

“Sport­ingdi­rec­torChristophFre­und chose to loan him back to Grasshop­pers which was a bold de­ci­sion. When he came back So­ri­ano had left so the coast was clear for him to make his mark and he has done so.

“This has been his best sea­son for Salzburg; not only is he a con­stant

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