The Hoops are currently 10 points behind their Glasgow foes after just 12 matches of the 2011/12 campaign but Stokes is confident that their recent form, including qualification for the League Cup semi-final, indicates things are about to turn for the better at Parkhead.
"It can spur you on. We want to win every competition we possibly can but we know it's not going to be easy,” he said.
"It's going to be tough, no doubt, but I think we are well capable of doing it.
"There is so long way to go in the season and we have a lot of Old Firm games before the end of the season so we can definitely get the points back.
"In my head I am looking at it as a seven-point gap.
"But we can't look too far ahead. It's 10 points now and we have to focus on winning every game because we can't really afford to drop too many points.”