York City defensive target Gavin Gunning has left Dundee United after an incident during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Tannadice Park according to the Daily Record.
The 25 year old Dublin born defender left the field to a chorus of boos after a bizarre incident which saw the player leave the field with the match ball after needing treatment.
Dundee United have announced that the club have parted company with the player by mutual consent and have said that the incident did not play a part in Gunning’s departure although the player is believed to be set to challenge his dismissal.
Gunning was a January target for former boss Jackie McNamara at York City and the player could yet make the move to the North Yorkshire club in the summer after becoming a free agent should McNamara choose to reignite his interest in the player.
York City have endured a torrid season in League 2 and have the unwanted league statistic of having the joint worst defensive record after conceding 76 goals during the campaign to date, a record which is shared with Morecambe.
With manager Jackie McNamara well aware of the rebuilding project ahead at Bootham Crescent this summer, the Scot could return north of the border for some of his transfer targets and big defender Gavin Gunning could be seen as an experienced figure to lead the club’s defence next season.