NO says RONNIE CULLY
DESPITE what has been his best-ever start to a season since signing for Celtic three years ago, the Republic of Ireland striker still does not fit naturally into Neil Lennon's game plan for away games in Europe.
Georgios Samaras is the man he considers best suited to provide the potent point to his attack on such occasions, and that isn't expected to change on Wednesday.
Had this Group H opener been at Celtic Park, Stokes would have been in with a much bigger shout.
But, for the trip to the San Siro, it is much more likely he will be held in reserve with a view to introducing him after Sami has run himself into the ground.
Stokes has only ever scored in one European game, netting twice in the home match to Rennes in November 2011.
So, when he does get on, he has to show he can now transfer his domestic striking form to the European stage.
YES says HUGH MacDONALD
THE upsurge in form makes Stokes Celtic's most influential player of late.
He played a significant role in all three goals against Hearts, scored the winner against Dundee United and his cross in the dying moments of the tie against Shakhter Karagandy is one of the main reasons that Celtic travel to Milan.
He has improved his hold-up play, can drop back to link with team-mates and is supremely fit and willing at the moment.
I would play him as the main striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation with a flat back four with Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew holding and Derk Boerritger, Joe Ledley and Georgios Samaras behind him.
This gives Celtic some cover for the back four and pace when they attack.
Neil Lennon would normally opt for Samaras as his
main attacker but Stokes has now given him a decision to make.