Old Firm rivals Rangers sit 12 points clear of the Hoops but Stokes pointed out that the Parkhead outfit have already had their tough run and suggests the same could occur at Ibrox.
"I'm surprised by the points gap but there will always be a period in a season where a team will have a rocky patch. Maybe we've got ours out of the way,” he said.
"Rangers have been on a great run since the start of the season but there will come a time when they will drop points. It's inevitable that will happen. So we just need to concentrate on ourselves.
"With three Old Firm games still to come you never know what might happen."