The Republic of Ireland international was at the heart of everything Hibs did right against Rangers, driving at the Gers defence from the left and causing havoc every time he entered the box.
Cheered on by a host of Celtic supporters watching on national television, Stokes gave Hibs the lead in as early as the third minute and scored an equaliser via a superb header 10 minutes from time.
Hibs skipper David Gray grabbed the winner in the dying moments to send the Hibernian supporters into ecstasy, and Stokes at full-time explained to reporters just how much the victory meant to him.
“An unbelievable day, an unbelievable result. We never gave in. One of the highlights of my career,” the Celtic man told the BBC.
Stokes proved to be the game’s outstanding player, and he could have had more than his two goals had it not been for some wayward finishing and a string of fine stops from Rangers shot-stopper Wes Foderingham.
The Gers defeated Celtic at the semi-final stage to book their place in the final against Hibs, therefore Stokes’ contribution to their downfall at Hampden will come as sweet revenge for the forward.
The ex-Arsenal man has an interesting summer ahead of him and could end up back in a Celtic shirt next season if the Hoops’ new boss Brendan Rodgers is willing to give him a chance to impress.