By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
With two matches to go before the "half round", the Malaysian outfit are all but certain to finish in the bottom half as they are five points behind sixth-placed Woodlands Wellington.
But despite Monday's crushing 4-0 defeat at Home United, they have shown plenty of positive signs this season and Razip is hoping they can avoid a late meltdown and finish where they deserve to be at the very least.
"Right now we're still not safe on the standings," he said.
"We're seventh but the teams below us [Warriors FC and DPMM FC] are on 24 points and they can move level with just one win. We need to win at least one more game and hope the teams below us drop points.
"We don't want to be last but that's still possible; even finishing second-last would be bad for us as we have been playing okay for two rounds. I think for a team of 20-year-olds to collect 27 points in a professional league is good enough.
"But to finish last or second-last will be very hard to swallow."
Razip did however admit Monday's loss to the Protectors was very disappointing, although there was little he could do with as many as eleven first-team players unavailable, including star forward Ridzuan Abdunloh who was not only suspended, but is currently training with the Malaysia Under-23 side and could yet be promoted for the upcoming Merdeka Tournament.
"I'm very disappointed with the performance," he added. "But coming into this game, I lost ten players to injury and one to suspension.
"My captain [Wan Ahmad Amirzafran] was also recalled from Harimau Muda A. I had to call him back and luckily for us he was around; if not I would have had no more centre-backs.
"He [Ridzuan] is not with the Harimau Muda A squad training for the Merdeka Tournament. If he's selected, we'll lose him too."
The Young Tigers will be looking to get back to winning ways on Friday when they entertain Hougang United at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium.
Image courtesy of Home United FC (Jaron Lee)