On the pitch at least, it would appear that he's taken on some additional responsibility following the departure of Gary Hooper to Norwich.
There is a maturity about his play and about his displays that have been reflected in the fact that he has finally found himself involved in the heady Champions League nights with the club this season.
Off it, a pending case involving an altercation with an Elvis impersonator in a Dublin nightclub appears to be the reason as to why he has yet to sign a new deal with Celtic.
However, while flashes of more immature days may still lurk beneath the surface, it would seem that the forward has taken on board some of the lessons that recent years have offered.
This week has given him the chance of another renaissance after returning to the Republic of Ireland fold for their World Cup qualifying double-header.
Stokes found himself on the outside looking in when it came to international football after withdrawing from the Nations Cup in 2011 under Giovanni Trapattoni, citing tiredness for the reason. He never featured under the Italian again.
It could have been a similar story at Celtic at one stage too; Neil Lennon revealed recently that Stokes had been on thin ice at one spell during his Parkhead career.
Former Republic of Ireland international and Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton, who is part of the selection panel who will help to appoint the new Irish manager, believes that Stokes still has the potential to be a major player for both club and country - but has told the striker that this is the season when he needs to deliver.
"It is a fresh start in terms of Ireland for everyone and the slate has been wiped clean," said Houghton.
"There will be a new manager coming in over the next few months or so and when that happens everyone needs to show what they have got.
"It isn't too late for Anthony at this stage of his career. I have known him since he was a kid and there was a stage in his youth when he had his pick of clubs in England. His natural ability is not something that has ever been in question.
"He has always had a lot of potential but there does come a time when you have to recognise that it's time to fulfil that and to deliver on it. This could well be the season he does that.
"I think he looks fitter than I have ever seen him and I think there is a sharpness to him too. He was overshadowed at Celtic with Gary Hooper there but with the lad away to England there is a chance for him to prove that he can be the main striker at the club.
"Playing regularly and playing consistently gives you the best possible chance to get a bit of momentum going.
"If he can do that, score goals and maintain his fitness then he will give himself the best possible platform this season."
While Stokes has gone off the rails in his wilder, earlier years, Houghton believes that the penny has dropped for the player.
The 25-year-old missed a huge chunk of last season because of injury and played no part in Celtic's progression into the last 16 of the prestigious Champions League.
Having to watch as significant and dramatic evenings passed him by has been cited as one of the reasons by Stokes himself as to why he has knuckled down, but Houghton expects that some players simply need to get the wild years out of their system.
And he has likened Stokes, 25, to Daniel Sturridge who seems to have found a new lease of life with Liverpool.
"I always think that clubs make decisions on players too early," he said. "At 18 you get some guys who are ready to settle down and apply themselves, others need to get a few things out of their system first.
"I don't think it is unusual to see players 'get it' at around 21 or 22. Look at Sturridge at Liverpool - I'd say that he and Stokes are quite similar.
"Daniel has six goals from his last seven games and looks set to seize his chance this term for both club and country.
"Sometimes it takes a few years for players to really come to the fore.
"It is a question not so much of managers exerting influence but of players themselves realising that if anyone is going to make it happen, it has to be themselves."
Ireland have appointed Under-21 coach Noel King as interim manager but it remains to be seen just who will be appointed to take charge on a permanent basis.
Former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill is one of the favourites for the role, but Houghton has insisted that there is no rush to fill the void.
"We want to try and get it right so it is just a case of taking our time and going through all the candidates," said the Castlemilk-born RTE pundit.
"We are a small nation who have punched above our weight at times in terms of international football.
"We want to try and get the best possible candidate for the job and at the minute it means that the door is open to all players to come and show what they have got.
"I'd like to think that in Anthony's position, the chance to come back on the international scene will have been a significant boost for him.
"It is up to him now how he chooses to progress."