The Irishman scored the winning goal away to Dundee United today to take his SPFL tally for the season to three from two matches.
Add in the mazy run through the Shakhter Karagandy defence on Wednesday night and it’s difficult to think of anyone who has had a bigger impact on Celtic’s season.
Contract talks with Stokes broke down at the end of last season with the striker now in the final season of his four year Celtic deal.
Once the transfer window closes and Lennon assesses his squad the Celtic boss is likely to turn his attention to putting an improved offer on the table for his leading striker.
“I don’t think he can do much more,” Lennon said when asked about the contract situation with Stokes. “He is a very important player to us now.”
Discussing his own situation Stokes said: “I am doing what I can (to win a new deal).
“I am enjoying my football at the minute. It wasn’t my best performance today but as a striker you are paid to score goals.”
After taking the points the main concern for Celtic was the knee injury that saw Mikael Lustig stretchered off the park.
Six minutes stoppage time were required for the injury to the Swede with Lennon angry about the clash with Gavin Gunning.
“The challenge on Lustig was shocking,” Lennon claimed. “It was reckless, it’s not fractured but that was my first instinct.
“You can always tell by how a player goes down, it’s maybe a bit of ligament damage but we are hoping that it’s not too serious.”