He said: “Celtic have recruited well, they have got stronger, but I think we have, as well. We went toe to toe with them and I don’t think anyone could say they outfought us.
“We came up short by one goal, that’s all there was in the game. They got a goal from nothing, we were set to defend it, but Shay Logan’s header didn’t go far enough.
“It has landed right at Tom Rogic’s feet, he’s taken a touch and it’s a great finish.
“But we will take confidence from the way that we competed and use it ahead of the Betfred Cup Final.
“This was a big game for Celtic, they knew if they didn’t turn up we could punish them.
“So when that game comes around, between the top two teams in Scotland, it will be a great game.”
Derek McInnes’ side are now 10 points behind Brendan Rodgers’ men in the title race having played a game more, but Reynolds insisted: “It is not disheartening because we know what they are.
“We feel we’re closer to them than the league table suggests, but it’s easy to say that and all we can do is try to pick up as many points as we can.”